Chanel’s Villa La Pausa Now and Then

Chanel’s Villa La Pausa Now and Then

A Chicago Architecture Biennial Partner Program

Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m.
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54 W. Chicago Avenue

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Laurent Cotta explores the Villa La Pausa, built by Coco Chanel in 1928, and the subject of a new exhibition from the Musée de la Mode de Paris due to open in 2020.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel innovative spirit extended beyond couture to interior design and her most fully realized project was the Villa La Pausa built-in 1928 by the architect Robert Streitz. This is where Mademoiselle and the Duke of Westminster, her lover,  entertained artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Jean Cocteau, Igor Stravinsky, and Luchino Visconti — in a house with built-in memories of the Cistercian convent where Chanel was raised by nuns after her mother’s death.

 After years of neglect, Villa La Pausa was bought by the Chanel brand in 2015 with most of its original furniture now at the Dallas Museum of Art. The Musée de la Mode de Paris will feature the history of Villa La Pausa in a new exhibition scheduled for 2020. Laurent Cotta, one of its curators, explores the villa’s personal and corporate space in a lecture à ne pas manquer !

Now, curator of its cabinet d’arts graphiques, Laurent Cotta was responsible for the contemporary creation at Palais Galliera, the Museum of Fashion in Paris, starting in 2002. He has contributed to exhibitions paying homage to the great names in fashion such as Madame Carven Madame Grès, but also emerging designers and contemporary couturiers like Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, with a detour through the pop star wardrobe of Sylvie Vartan. Laurent has contributed to Nippon Vogue and documentaries for Arte on The Mini Skirt. In addition, Laurent Cotta has been regularly lecturing at l’Ecole du Louvre and the Institut Français de la Mode since 2004.

A Chicago Architecture Biennial Partner Program made possible thanks to the Jean Bodfish Brown Memorial Fund with the support of the Fashion Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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