Women Who Shaped Paris

Women Who Shaped Paris

The second installment in a series about famous Americans who lived and died in Paris. Everyone knows how Isadora Duncan died. Her long silk scarf, caught up in the wheels of a speeding, open topped Amilcar...
Madame Récamier, by Jacques Louis David

Fashion condemns us to many follies; the greatest is to make oneself its slave. -- Napoleon Bonaparte. Throughout history, evolution within a society has been closely connected with the evolution of fashion. The social upheaval initiated...

“She takes just like a woman, yes she does She makes love just like a woman, yes she does And she aches just like a woman But she breaks just like a little girl.” Bob Dylan sang his...

When Victor Hugo died in Paris in 1885, amid Paris’ critically important and creatively fruitful Belle Époque period, the streets of the city were flooded with mourners as his remains were carried through the...

On a hot and humid July evening in 1944, Gestapo officers knocked on the door of Germaine Pezet, a Parisian housewife then living in Aix-en-Provence. They were on a mission to find whatever information...

In a must-see exhibition in Paris, the Conciergerie shines the spotlight on how the image of Marie-Antoinette evolved, as time passed and revolutionary zeal subsided. Initially a martyr in the eyes of the counter-revolutionaries...
Coco Chanel in 1920

Coco Chanel was known for many things – among them, her moxie and her quotable maxims: A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. The most courageous...

Out of the shadows and into the limelight, Picasso’s primary model for the Weeping Woman, series, Dora Maar, finally gets her due as an artist in her own right, the star of her first...

I’d like to pay tribute to a woman who was not a sign of her time, but a sign of times to come. She was the first woman in France ever to receive...

"There are no ugly women, just lazy ones." --Helena Rubinstein For the first time in France, the Musée d’Art et d’histoire du Judaïsme (MAHJ) curates an intriguing exhibition in homage to Helena Rubinstein (1872-1965.) Chaya Rubinstein,...

You only have a few weeks to re-discover the modernity of Toulouse-Lautrec in the tribute exhibition that the Grand Palais dedicates to the painter. Despite his noble origins, he was an outcast and felt...

In an age where the words "icon" and "legend" are common, and sometimes undeservedly used, the death of Jeanne Moreau was a reminder of the true meaning of these accolades, for Jeanne Moreau was...