When one is rubbing elbows with Picassos, Rodins and the celebrated works of a galaxy of modern artists, only museum-quality finery will do. Think ultrafemme dresses and suits, netting, lace and beaucoup bijoux.

Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin Styled by Alex White

From left:
Dolce & Gabbana’s polyamide, acetate and lurex dress
Dolce & Gabbana necklace and belt
Louis Vuitton bag

Yves Saint Laurent’s wool grain de poudre jacket, vest and pants and cotton shirt
Philip Treacy London hat
Yves Saint Laurent tie

Location: Centre Pompidou, Paris
Architects: Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers

Dior’s wool jacket and skirt
Ellen Christine couture millinery headband with netting
Stephen Jones millinery headband
Lanvin necklace and bracelet
Dior bag
Sermoneta gloves (in bag)

Artist: Franz West
Title: Maya’s Dream, 2006

Location: Museum of Modern Art, New York

Oscar de la Renta’s silk dress
Oscar de la Renta bracelet, belt and shoes
Versace bag
Fogal hosiery

Artist: Duane Hanson
Titles, from left: Tourists II, 1988; Old Man on Bench, 1977

Location: Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York

Hermès’s silk blouse and astrakhan skirt
Jennifer Behr headband with netting
Alberta Ferretti scarf (in hair)
Hermès belt and bag
Alexis Bittar cuff

Beauty Note: A dramatic pout comes courtesy of Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon.

Artist: Pablo Picasso
Title: “The French Manager,” Costume for the Ballet Parade, 1917

Location: Museum of Modern Art, New York

Christian Lacroix Haute Couture’s sequin and lace cardigan, silk chiffon blouse and silk crepe skirt
Christian Lacroix head wrap, brooch, necklace and bra
Azzedine Alaia bag.

Artist: Mel Ramos
Title: Peek-a-boo Scarlett, 2007
Location: Galerie Rive Gauche, Paris

From left:
Chanel pin
Giorgio Armani shoes

Longchamp’s silk blouse
Louis Vuitton’s wool skirt

Stephen Jones millinery hat
Linda Derector sunglasses
Tom Binns earrings
Chanel cuffs
Fendi clutch
Chantal Thomass hosiery
Roger Vivier shoes.

From left:
Artist: David Smith
Title: Cubi X, 1963

Artist: Aristide Maillol
Title: The River, 1938–43

Location: Museum of Modern Art, New York

Nina Ricci’s silk dress
Tom Binns necklace and cuff
Nina Ricci bag, hosiery and shoes.

Beauty Note: A fancy ’do will hold its shape with Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Pliable Control Paste.

From left:
Artist: Ruth Francken
Title: Eros et Civilisation, 1972

Artist: Magdalena Abakanowicz
Title: Abakan grand noir, 1967–68

Location: Centre Pompidou, Paris

Lanvin’s silk satin blouse, silk skirt and pekan fur stole
Lanvin sunglasses, necklace, gloves, bag and shoes.

From left:
Artist: Francois-Xavier Lalanne
Title: Tres Grand Singe Avise, 2008

Artist: Claude Lalanne
Title: Miroir, 2009

Artist: Francois-Xavier Lalanne
Title: Rhinoceros, 1966

Location: JGM Galerie, Paris

Marc Jacobs’s silk and nylon dress
Stephen Jones for Marc Jacobs hat with netting
Tom Binns bracelet
Chanel bag
Wolford hosiery
Bruno Frisoni shoes.

Artist: Aristide Maillol
Title: La Riviere, 1938–43

Balloons Artist: M/M (Paris)
Title: Agent scintillant, gonfle a l’helium, 2007

Location: Jardin du Carrousel, Paris

Bally’s wool jacket and silk blouse
Balenciaga’s silk satin dress (worn as skirt), by Nicolas Ghesquiere
Patricia Underwood hat
Chanel sunglasses
Alberta Ferretti earrings
Janis by Janis Savitt necklace
Christophe Coppens pin
Tom Binns cuff
Lanvin ring
Bally bag
Givenchy belt
DIM hosiery.

Artist: Duane Hanson
Title: Tourists II, 1988

Location: Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York

Louis Vuitton’s silk and lace dress
Christian Lacroix Haute Couture hat
Prada sunglasses
Princesse Tam Tam bra
Emilio Cavallini hosiery
Louis Vuitton shoes.

Beauty Note: Environmental hazards can take their toll on a complexion. Pamper yours with Sjal Kashmir Saphir Perfecting Mask.

Artists: Sophie Calle and Frank Gehry
Title: Le telephone, 2006

Location: Pont du Garigliano, Paris

Valentino’s silk coat
Alexis Bittar earrings
Dior Fine Jewelry cuff
Carolina Amato gloves
Valentino bag.

Artist: Chuck Close
Titles, from left: President Bill Clinton, 2006; James II (detail), 2007–08

Location: PaceWildenstein, New York

Erdem’s silk Mikado and cotton and polyamide lace top and skirt
Dior necklace
Pierre Mantoux hosiery
Giorgio Armani shoes.

Artists: Gilbert & George
Titles, from left: Cogs, 2008; Britishers, 2008; Jackland, 2008

Location: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

Stella McCartney’s cotton lace and silk dress
Roger Vivier gloves and bag
Gerbe hosiery.

Beauty Note: To create high-drama lashes, try L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara.

Artist: Niki de Saint Phalle
Titles, from left: Crucifixion, 1965; La Mariee ou Eva Maria, 1963

Location: Centre Pompidou, Paris

Balenciaga’s silk velour dress, by Nicolas Ghesquiere
Chanel sunglasses and gloves
Lanvin earrings
Balenciaga necklace, bracelets and shoes
Tod’s clutch
Le Bourget hosiery.

Artist: Aristide Maillol
Title: Pomone, 1910

Location: Jardin du Carrousel, Paris

Emporio Armani’s silk blouse
Stephen Jones millinery hat
Dior Fine Jewelry rings.

Beauty Note: Think about getting mint green talons with Chanel Nail Color in Jade.

Artist: Auguste Rodin
Title: Le Penseur, 1880–82

Location: Musee Rodin, Paris

Chanel Haute Couture’s silk chiffon dress
Chanel rings and bracelet
DIM hosiery.

Artist: Mel Ramos
Titles, from left: Caramia Caramello, 2007; Hav-a-Havana #13, lost painting of 1965 #44, 2004

Location: Galerie Rive Gauche, Paris


Hair by Christiaan using Oribe Hair Care
Makeup by Peter Philips/Chanel
Manicures in New York by Deborah Lippmann/Lippmann Collection
Manicures in Paris by Huberte/Marie-France thavonekham
Models: Raquel Zimmermann/DNA and Freja Beha Erichsen/IMG
Production in New York by Atlas Productions
Production in Paris by Julia Weber at Made in Germany
Lighting technician: Jodokus Driessen
Digital technician: Manoodh Matadin
Photography assistants: Shoji Kuzumi, edward boutinard and Marc Kroop
Fashion assistants: Kathryn Typaldos and Katie Casamassimo.

Hand lettering by Eric Pryor.

Special thanks to Alain Seban of the Centre Pompidou, and Margaret Doyle of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

© by W magazine

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