The French Institute Alliance Française celebrated and honored President and CEO of Christian Dior Couture Sidney Toledano with the 2017 Pilier d’Or and architect Peter Marino with the 2017 Trophée des Arts at The Plaza Hotel. All the attendees showed up in most beautiful gowns and brought great energy to the annual FIAF Trophée des Arts Gala to support FIAF’s educational and cultural programs fundraising.
Created in 1992, the Trophée des Arts distinguishes an artist who exemplifies FIAF’s mission of French-American friendship and cross-cultural exchange.
Interesting fact is that one of the most influential fashion houses in the world, a symbol of French excellence and refinement, the house of Dior celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. In that honor there is a breathtaking exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, which is currently setting visitor attendance records.
Sidney Toledano , President and CEO of Christian Dior Couture was present and honored at the gala so it was truly inspiring to hear him speak about his humble beginnings . He always supported growth of women’s fashion and he surrounded himself with some of the greatest people in the industry: John Galliano, Raf Simons, and now Maria Grazia Chiuri, who is the first woman to lead the fashion house.
Known for integrating art with architecture, Peter Marino has commissioned more than 300 site-specific art installations, many from celebrated contemporary French artists. His extensive design and cultural contributions to France include – besides his work with Dior: boutiques for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Céline, and Guerlain; the Cheval Blanc hotel in Paris’s historic La Samaritaine: residences in Paris, Cap Ferrat, St. Tropez; and restorations of Château Rauzan- Ségla, Manoir de la Pipardière, and Château de Blérancourt.
Marino designed the 2010 ‘Les Lalannes’ retrospective at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and is planning a porcelain exhibition for the Château de Chantilly for 2018.
“We are delighted to honor these two visionaries and longtime collaborators on this special evening of French and American friendship. Both artistic architect Peter Marino and revered corporate leader Sidney Toledano have gathered New York’s most prominent Francophiles and philanthropists to celebrate their unique relationship and to support FIAF,” said FIAF President Marie-Monique Steckel.
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PHOTOS BY: Amber De Vos