Olivier Meslay & Rhonda Garelick: From Chanel to Reves

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Join us for a French Riviera fête celebrating the connections between Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel and the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection.

How did a poor orphan become a global icon of both luxury and everyday style? How are the personal, professional, and political interwoven in her life? Rhonda K. Garelick unravels these mysteries in her bestselling biography Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History. Judith Thurman says, “This is the definitive biography of Chanel. It is gripping, astute, and elegantly written.” A Guggenheim fellow and professor, Garelick writes on fashion, design, performance, art, literature, and cultural politics.

In 1953, Emery Reves purchased Villa La Pausa from Chanel. Chanel built it and was responsible for most of the decoration, ornamental details, and furniture. By an extraordinary coincidence, the DMA became the major repository of objects that had once belonged to Chanel. Olivier Meslay and Martha MacLeod have uncovered layers of rich history and published a beautifully illustrated catalogue, From Chanel to Reves: La Pausa and Its Collections at the Dallas Museum of Art.

VIP Experience includes priority seating and book signing access, your choice of one book, and a three-course dinner at 6:00 p.m. in the Founders Room featuring a French menu and wine.  

5:45 and 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a pre-event tour of the Reves Collection led by staff and docents. Space is limited to 30 for each tour. Tickets available on-site at 5:15 p.m. that evening.

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VIP Public $150, VIP DMA Member $125, Public $35, DMA Member $30, Student $15