A Magazine Curated by / Natacha Ramsay-Levi
Special Project N°2
Femininities Curated by Natacha Ramsay-Levi
Femininities Curated By Natacha Ramsay-Levi is a limited-edition zine created for the 2019 Hyères Fashion, Photography & Accessories Festival that takes place inside the historic Villa Noailles on the French Riviera. Inspired by the collective spirit of the artistic and literary figures who surrounded both Chloé founder Gaby Aghion and Marie-Laure de Noailles, a renowned patron of the arts, the 100-page collectible document meanders through a collection of texts and poems in English and French alongside journal entries by Natacha Ramsay-Levi and Gaby Aghion. Channeling the solar spirit of the Chloé collections, a mesmerizing portfolio of images photographed by Gareth McConnell and styled by Camille Bidault-Waddington depicts a trio of free-spirited Chloé girls in constant movement. Artistic contributions by Chloé collaborators from Rithika Merchant, Marion Verboom and Isabelle Cornaro join texts by Ramsay-Levi's heroes including Judy Chicago, René Char, and Valentine Schlegel, as well as a scrapbook by jeweler Ligia Dias, a close friend and collaborator.
Further exploring links with the Villa Noailles, Femininities Curated By Natacha Ramsay-Levi features stills from Man Ray's 1929 film Les Mystères du Château du Dé filmed in and around Hyères showcasing the very same indoor swimming pool in which Chloé unveils Natacha Ramsay-Levi's fashion exhibition 90 years later. Closing the document, a 24-page carnet of blank writing paper dotted with feminist quotations allows readers at home to add their own thoughts and memories to their Chloé zine.
Camille Bidault-Waddington, Céline Chalem, Gaby Aghion, Gareth McConnell, Hélène Ahrweiler, Jane Graverol, Joyce Mansour, Judy Chicago, Julia Kristeva, Ligia Dias, Mai-Thu Perret, Man Ray, Marguerite Duras, Marion Verboom, Maya Angelou, Max Papart, Raphael Hefti, René Char, Rithika Merchant, Valentine Schlegel, William Blake.
A Magazine Curated By is a fashion magazine that explores the universe of a chosen fashion designer in each issue. A guest curator is invited – can be an international fashion designer, group or house – to develop innovative, personalised content to express their aesthetic and cultural values. Each issue celebrates this designer’s ethos: their people, their passion, their stories, emotions, fascinations, spontaneity and authenticity.