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Fashion on the High Wire
This month, the world’s greatest couturiers will descend on New York and Paris for Fashion Week. For the occasion we bring you stories about la mode and the people behind it. Read about Lee Miller (“A Fashion Model in Combat Boots”), Condé Nast (“The Man Behind the Empire”), and how young, urban creatives in France and America have adopted le bleu de travail – the French worker’s jacket. Also in this issue, travel to the South of France and the Camargo Foundation, which was created in 1971 by American filmmaker Jerome Hill; read our editorial on the Uberization of the world, and meet Belgian “food alchemist” Pascal Baudar, who spends most of his time in the hills around Los Angeles looking for his next meal: plants, fruit, seeds, grains, and even insects!
In France, a First Name Is More than Just a Name
If people’s first names are a window onto a social world, then recent events in France have shed light on a complex and sensitive issue. For the first time in French history, two guys called Kévin have been elected to the National Assembly.
By Anthony Bulger
BEYOND THE SEA
The Man Behind the Empire
Everyone knows Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Glamour magazines. However, very few remember that Condé Nast, the press group that has become synonymous with elegance and art de vivre, was actually founded by a man of the same name. Despite his incredible success and immense wealth, he preferred to observe the triumph of his transatlantic empire from the shadows. This discreet yet ambitious figure is even said to have inspired Fitzgerald to write his character Jay Gatsby!
By Jérôme Kagan
A Fashion Model in Combat Boots
Famed for her self-portrait in Hitler’s bathtub, this American photographer had countless different lives. She was a model for Condé Nast, a Surrealist artist alongside Man Ray in Paris, a fashion photographer for Vogue, and a war correspondent. She was one of the first to photograph the liberation of the concentration camps and reveal the horror of Nazi crimes.
By Guénola Pellen
“France Does Have a Racial History”
French historian and novelist Sylvain Pattieu has just published Panthères et pirates : Des Afro-Américains entre lutte des classes et Black Power, a book about Jean and Melvin McNair, two American hijackers who took control of a plane in 1972 before going on the run in France.
By Sophie Joubert
Table of contents
FROM THE NEWSDESK
How Global Events Created a Shortage of Mustard in France. By Anthony Bulger
COME ON OUT
French Cultural Events in North America. By Tracy Kendrick
Uberizing the World. By Guy Sorman
Georges de Menil: A New Marshall Plan for Europe? By Guy Sorman
In France, a First Name Is More than Just a Name. By Anthony Bulger
Thomas Jonas, the French Entrepreneur Reinventing Protein. By Benoît Georges
BEYOND THE SEA
Condé Nast: The Man Behind the Empire. By Jérôme Kagan
“I Want to Demystify Access to Culture.” By Céline Tricart
Pascal Baudar: Every Taste Is Found in Nature. By Clément Thiery
Recipes: Rosin Baked Potatoes & Fruit Shrubs
Alexandre Durand: Brand Ambassador. By Clément Thiery
Baton Rouge, Louisiana. By Anthony Lacoudre
Lee Miller, a Fashion Model in Combat Boots. By Guénola Pellen
The French Worker’s Jacket. By Guénola Pellen
Sylvain Pattieu: “France Does Have a Racial History.” By Sophie Joubert
The Camargo Foundation. By Sophie Joubert
Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse: In Memory of a “Severed Country.” By Sophie Joubert
Liberalism, Warts and All. By Dominique Mataillet
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