Fall Preview: Ralph Lauren to Restore École des Beaux-Arts

Leah Bourne

Leave it to the most famous American designer, Ralph Lauren, to pledge to restore one of Paris’ most famous art institutions, the École National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. To kickoff the project, which will take two years, the brand is hosting a runway show in the school’s grounds on Oct. 8 (right at the tail end of Paris fashion week).
This is the designer’s first ever European show, and it will feature his fall 2013 collection (which he showed in New York City back in February). Considering this is a Lauren bash there will also be a gala dinner following the show in the courtyard of the college, located in a picturesque spot on the Left Bank, across the Seine from the Louvre museum. Oh, to be a fly on the wall for this extravaganza.
And why, exactly, is this building so important, you might be asking? The school is renowned for its beautiful architecture, comprising a series of buildings constructed over the last 350 years. The restoration project will fund the renovation of lecture theaters, maintaining the classical aesthetic, but updating it with the latest technology.