Inside French Vogue’s dinner at the Palais Galliera

“If fashion had a prom, it might be the annual black-tie gala held by the Vogue Paris Foundation to raise funds and to showcase major donations to the Palais Galliera, the city’s fashion museum” writes New York Times’ Elizabeth Paton.

Fashion Fund’s third gala during couture week drew the likes of Charlotte Rampling, Charlotte Casiraghi, Irina Shayk, Zoë Kravitz, Clémence Poésy, Vanessa Paradis, Fanny Ardant, Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis, Amber Valletta, Marc Jacobs, Azzedine Alaïa, Christian Lacroix, Nadja Auermann and Clare Waight Keller to the Palais Galliera museum’s majestic colonnade.

Mahaut Mondino, the daughter of photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino and fashion stylist Friquette Thévenet-Mondino, gave a singing performance. “I have known her since she was a child,” said Emmanuelle Alt, editor in chief of Vogue Paris. “She rocks. She’s an amazing performer.”

Lou Doillon, Leila Bekhti, Marie-Agnès Gillot, Isabel Marant, Riccardo Tisci, Alexandre Mattiussi, Guillaume Henry, David Koma, Virginie Courtin-Clarins, Julie de Libran, Peter Dundas, Guillaume Henry, Victoire de Castellane, Pierre Hardy, Arizona Muse, Anja Rubik, Bella Hadid, Edie Campbell and Aymeline Valade were also among guests.


Thanks to the grant raised by the Vogue Paris Foundation this year through donations from 20 fashion houses including Balenciaga, Valentino and Gucci, Galliera’s director and curator Olivier Saillard was able to buy 600,000 euros, or $667,536 at current exchange, worth of clothes, photographs and illustrations for the fashion museum.

Some of the acquisitions appear in the current exhibition “Anatomy of a Collection,” including pieces by Azzedine Alaïa, Martin Margiela and a Fortuny dress that had formerly been owned by Charlie Chaplan’s former wife, Oona O’Neill Chaplin.

A gala of style


“Now in its third year, the dinner held Tuesday in the museum’s courtyard (tented, carpeted and filled with white roses for the event) was hosted by Emmanuelle Alt, editor of French Vogue, and Olivier Saillard, director of the Palais Galliera” writes NYT.

One of the fund’s main objectives is to help the Palais Galliera, the City of Paris Fashion Museum, to acquire rare and invaluable pieces by today’s couture houses, fashion designers and photographers, in order to build on its contemporary collections and further enhance future public exhibitions. As Olivier Saillard, Director of the Palais Galliera, explains, “Identifying significant creations from every era is of primary importance. Furthermore, conserving them for future generations of designers and couturiers, for visitors keen to expand their knowledge and for each creator is a duty.”

Vogue Paris has, for nearly a century, documented the creativity of every age, embodied it, sublimated it and immortalised it in legendary images. This initiative marks the beginning of a new chapter for Vogue Paris in fulfilling this vocation, “so that today’s fashion becomes tomorrow’s heritage, and so that the Palais Galliera becomes the guardian of a history of fashion that we are writing day by day with true passion,” explains Emmanuelle Alt, editor-in-chief.


All images @ Agnes Dherbeys for The New York Times