Tag: Versailles

“Versailles Is Part of the American Landscape”

Everyone needs a Rockefeller. Even France, even Versailles! This stubborn gem of French art was restored to its former glory by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife Abby during the 1920s. Dozens of American philanthropists have since followed in their footsteps and contributed to the restoration of one of the best-known and most-visited buildings on the planet. Last year...

Off with Her Head (of Marketing)!

While the monarchy is often perceived as outdated in France, it continues to inspire a certain fascination in the United States. There are now countless brands and consumer products that reference Versailles, Louis XIV, and Marie-Antoinette, all of which have become often-kitsch symbols of French luxury. “Give your home the royal treatment with our antique collections and regal bed, bath...

Louboutin: From Versailles to the White House

Americans have nicknamed him the “god of shoes,” although he prefers the term “footwear.” Over the last 30 years, Christian Louboutin has made red soles one of the icons of authentic French chic. Born into the modest of milieus in Paris during the 1960s, Christian Louboutin is a self-taught designer with a keen artistic streak. This footwear enthusiast created his...

Versailles’ American Splendor

The Château de Versailles is a symbol of French excellence in the arts, emblematic of absolute power and the height of the monarchy’s reign. But it actually owes part of its current grandeur and beauty to a number of Americans who financed its restoration throughout the 20th century. "What I must do is not what other people do, but what...[Subscriber]

A Stroll Through Versailles During the Time of Kings

During the 17th and 18th centuries, the Court of Versailles was open to the public and welcomed artists, ambassadors, and diplomats from all over the world. The "Visitors to Versailles (1682-1789)" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York until July 29 offers the chance to walk in these visitors’ shoes. In 1682, Louis XIV moved the seat of royal...

A Baroque Opera of Economic Proportions at Versailles

Power is shifting from politics to economics — a change demonstrated by Emmanuel Macron, who invited CEOs of the biggest multinationals to a gala dinner at the Château de Versailles. On January 22, 2018, the French president invited 140 heads of the world’s biggest companies to the Château de Versailles. The summit was entitled "Choose France" and was held in...[Subscriber]

The Battle of Versailles: A French-American Fashion Showdown

Five American designers and five French fashion hotshots went head to head for a runway show at the Château de Versailles on November 28, 1973. The event’s objective was to raise money to restore the château, and saw the United States make its grand entrance onto the international fashion scene. "By the time the curtain came down on the evening’s...

France’s First Mormon Temple

The Mormon Church has been a recognized “religious association” in France since 2009, but remains a little-known institution subject to its fair share of prejudice. This distrust is largely down to the religion’s rites, ethical and culinary restrictions, and the proselytism of young missionaries. Despite these struggles, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints inaugurated its first temple in...