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Chic & You: Online Fashion Talks from Paris, New York and Chicago

What does “chic” mean to you?

What are the components of your dress code? Is your wardrobe locally sourced, upcycled or branded? Do you trend normcore or athleisure? Do you wear vêtement, frocks, threads or accoutrement?

The Alliance Française de Chicago brings together on Thursdays starting October 8 a team of fashion visionnaries from Paris, New York and Chicago to address the seismic changes going through the world of couture. An online forum of ideas and a feast for the fashion starved.

All programs in this series will be online via Zoom and in English!

This series is curated by Alexander Aubry; Patrizia di Carrobio; and Aimee Laberge – in partnership with the Fashion Resource Center the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

Free admission for this program is offered to students in Fashion Studies at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

Transatlantic Glamour : The Fashion Illustrations of René de Bouët-Willamez

Thursday, October 8, 2020
12:00 p.m. (Chicago) • 1:00 p.m. (New York) • 7:00 p.m. (Paris)

The French liked to think that, without Paris fashion exportations all over the world, elegance simply would not exist… Fashion historian Laurent Cotta from the Palais Galliera / Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris explores the influence of Hollywood glamour on the Haute-Couture of Paris… In conversation with lifestyle reporter Sylvie Berkowitz.

Be Jeweled!

October 16, 2020 • 6:00 p.m. (Chicago) • 7:00 p.m. (New York)
An hour of 100% Italian energy and charm when international dealer of precious gems and vintage jewelry Patrizia di Carrobio joins former Vogue Italia editor Grazia d’Annunzio to share tales of adornment in history, fashion, literature and art – as well as tips on how to always make heads turn without breaking the bank!

Fashion and the Museum: The Confluence of Clothing & Fine Art

Thursday, October 22 • 6:00 p.m. (Chicago) • 7:00 p.m. (New York)

Gloria Groom from the Art Institute of Chicago talks to Alexander Aubry of the SAIC Fashion Resource Center discuss the behind-the-scenes efforts of putting Gloria's Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity exhibition together as well as fashion’s place within the art museum.

The Young Emperors: Reimagining the Fashion Influencer

Thursday, October 29 • 6:00 p.m. (Chicago) • 7:00 p.m. (New York)

French couple and NYC-based photographers Isabelle Chaput & Nelson Tiberghien discuss their work with Alexander Aubry. Their alias, "Young Emperors," serves as an outlet to showcase inventive performance, creative filmmaking, and their signature gender fluid mix and match outfits. Their imagery has earned them them a global audience on Instagram and TikTok. Web steady... web ready... go!

Jay Jaxon: An American Fashion Designer, Couturier & Costumier in Paris

Thursday, November 5 • 6:00 p.m. (Chicago) • 7:00 p.m. (New York)

Listen to Fashion Designer, Curator, and Lead Authority on Jay Jaxon, Rachel Fenderson, as she tells of Jaxon’s contributions to the fashion industry and how his presence in the world of fashion in Paris made it possible for more to follow. 

Model Citizen: Exploring Fashion’s Evolving Landscape

Thursday, November 12 • 6:00 p.m. (Chicago) • 7:00 p.m. (New York)

A long time advocate for increasing diversity within fashion’s ranks, Veronica Webb discusses the industry’s evolving landscape with French fashion designer Sophie Theallet. A visually immersive presentation featuring print and runway work throughout Webb’s career, as well as the fascinating individuals she met along the way.

First Row and Backstage with Fashion TV

Thursday, November 19
12:00 p.m. (Chicago) • 1:00 p.m. (New York) • 7:00 p.m. (Paris)

A freewheeling talk with reporter Nan Devitt and cameramen John Cressey about how putting the runway on TV brought Hollywood’s A-list to the first row; paved the way for today’s influencers; and brought haute-couture to the people on the street.