Yesterday, the Palais Galliera—Paris’ fashion museum that recently reopened after extensive renovations and hosted the Azzedine Alaïa retrospective—held a press conference with both Jonathan Newhouse, CEO and Chairman of Condé Nast International, and Xavier Romatet, President of Condé Nast France. Together with the Museum’s Director, Olivier Saillard, they announced the creation of the Vogue Paris Fashion Fund in partnership with the Palais.
The announcement was made by Newhouse during the press conference of Galliera’s new exhibition Papier Glacé—A Century of Fashion Photography at Condé Nast (March 1st to May 25th). The exhibition features includes 150 original prints from leading fashion photographers from 1918 until today, including snaps, covers, and editorial shoots for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, and W, shot by the likes of Edward Steichen, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, and Steven Meisel, among others.
‘’The real vocabulary of Vogue has always been its pictures,’’ said Newhouse during the conference, while Romatet added that fashion’s current challenge is to not give in to the pressures of time and yet remain ahead. ‘’Both the exhibition and the creation of the fund show that we [Condé Nast] are still finding time and space to promote the history and values of our publications.’’
The new fund aims to help the museum acquire a permanent collection of fashion and fashion photography and comes with an annual donation of 100,000 Euros (US $137,000; AED/SAR 500,000). Additionally, Vogue Paris will host regular fundraising galas every year, starting at the Palais Galliera on July 9th during the Fall 2014 Haute Couture shows.
“As a fashion historian, Vogue has always been my archaeological shovel,’’ Saillard stated. ‘’Our new, dynamic partnership means that our museum’s heritage will now switch from historicity to contemporaneity.’’
Finally, Saillard explained that the Palais Galliera would now seek out fashion creations for its permanent collection, with a focus on independent designers such as Rei Kawakubo, Rick Owens, Iris Van Herpen, Junya Watanabe, and Azzedine Alaïa, among others.