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The Little Prince in America
Did you know the Little Prince was born in New York? Antoine de Saint-Exupéry had found refuge in the United States during World War II when he published his best-selling novella, 80 years ago. This is our cover story this September. Also in this issue, find out why you should read The Little Prince in the original French; discover our interview with fashion queen Diane von Fürstenberg, whose iconic take on the wrap dress is turning 50; and meet Jean-Christophe Bouvet, the French actor who plays the extravagant designer Pierre Cadault in Emily in Paris!
for Le Petit Prince
Eighty years after it first appeared in print, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic novella merits a re-read. Preferably in French. Our columnist dwells on how well, or otherwise, the book has been rendered into other languages.
By Anthony Bulger
Hollywood’s Temple of Luxury Accessories
What do Harrison Ford’s hat in the latest Indiana Jones and Gene Kelly’s umbrella in Singin’ in the Rain have in common? Swaine London! This brand has specialized in luxury goods for more than 270 years and was recently acquired by the French group Chargeurs.
By Clément Thiery
NEW YORK CITY
The Little Prince’s Other Planet
The Little Prince is from Asteroid B 612, but it was in New York City that he sprang from the imagination of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the French author and aviator who lived in the U.S. during World War II. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the tiny hero’s creation, a statue will be unveiled opposite Central Park in mid-September.
By Clément Thiery
DIANE VON FÜRSTENBERG
“The Wrap Dress Made Me an Independent Woman”
Fifty years ago, a young Belgian fashion designer living in the United States presented her T72 model to the press. The piece – a modern revisit of the wrap dresses worn in the 1930s – became a symbol of female liberation and helped to build Diane von Fürstenberg’s reputation.
By Kyra Alessandrini
Table of contents
FROM THE NEWSDESK
Anger at Plans to Relocate les Bouquinistes During the 2024 Paris Olympics. By Anthony Bulger
COME ON OUT
French Cultural Events in North America. By Tracy Kendrick
Olivier Coste: Why There Is No French Google. By Guy Sorman
A Plea for Le Petit Prince: Why Some Books Should Be Read in the Original. By Anthony Bulger
Sciences Po, the Parisian School Teaching Future American Leaders. By Jean-Gabriel Fredet
New York City, the Little Prince’s Other Planet. By Clément Thiery
Diane von Fürstenberg: “The Wrap Dress Made Me an Independent Woman.” By Kyra Alessandrini
New York Fashion Week’s Transatlantic Heritage. By Diane de Vignemont
Annie Ernaux: The Young Man, a Book within Another. By Sophie Joubert
La Rentrée: A Hard Fall. By Dominique Mataillet
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