French fashion house Chloé is planning on celebrating its 60th anniversary with a variety of events that will stretch into 2013. Celebrations and commemorations include an upcoming coffee table book to be published by Rizzoli, a party held in conjuction with Claire Wright Keller’s third runway show for the brand on October 1, and the opening of a 4,300-square-foot flagship store designed by architect Joseph Dirand on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris.
Anniversay celebrations will kick off with an exhibition opening on September 28 at Paris’ Palais de Tokyo art space that will feature seventy designs by previous creative directors of the brand such as founder Gaby Aghion, Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, and Phoebe Philo. The aim of the exhibition, which will be curated by Judith Clark, is to “translate the unique spirit of the brand,” according to Chloé’s chief executive officer Geoffrey de la Bourdonnaye.
Though the idea of an exhibition sounds great, what’s most exciting is the fact that sixteen of the featured designs, including Lagerfeld’s Spring 1983 violin dress, McCartney’s Spring 2001 pineapple t-shirt, and Philo’s Spring 2005 Paddington bag, will be reworked and sold in Chloé’s flagship stores.
Chloé has had its highs and lows over the years, but the high points really soared, and the brand served as a great launching pad for talented designers like McCartney and Philo; it’s nice that their contributions will be recognized. So, start squirreling away your extra cash to save up for one (or more) of the iconic pieces that you missed out on the first time around.
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