Thursday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Free for members and students* • $15 non-members
In Person • French with English subtitles
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Put your best foot forward when we roll out the red carpet for you with the chic-est film series in Chic-ago! A flute of bubbles included. Enter a chance to win a getaway one-night stay at the Sofitel at each screening!
The movie that launched Brigitte Bardot’s career, in which she became the epitome of the Femme Fatale… The BB phenomenon was helped by the amazing designs by the French couturier Pierre Balmain. With an introduction by French designer Sophie Theallet whose best-selling shirtdress, the Meghan, was inspired by Brigitte Bardot in the film!
Much like Bardot in real life, her character is an uninhibited young woman, sensual and fiercely independent, who shocks the small fishing village of Saint Tropez. Saint Tropez became a favorite jet set destination and BB became an international sex symbol–the European Marilyn Monroe. With her iconic choucroute (the ruffled and back-combed hair style, typical of the sixties and still imitated today), heavy eye-liner, and innocent yet sexy look, the Bardot myth was born. Cheeky French people would tell you that she was the most beautiful when she was not wearing any clothes…. Let’s not forget that the iconic scene where she dances provocatively in a split skirt, which led to the Catholic League of Decency to condemn the film! Scandale! --Frederic Bibard
Before Kim Kardashian began stepping out in Balmain designs by Olivier Rousteing, French couturier Pierre Balmain was tasked with outfitting Brigitte Bardot in Et Dieu créa la femme.
Founded in 1945, Balmain’s boldly feminine and opulent signature style offered a startling contrast to the utilitarian looks of the day, creating a distinctive, super-feminine DNA for the house, which relied on richly embroidered fabrics, nipped-in waists and longer, often fuller skirts—and quickly transforming the Parisian house into a favorite of both European and Hollywood royalty. ''Suddenly there was the awakening to a new understanding of what mode really was, the embellishment and the intensification of women's form and charm.'' --Balmain