Ralph Lauren Corporation (NUSE: RL) pledges its commitment to help restore the elite Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, one of the world’s oldest and most influential, and most beautiful art schools
Founded in 1648, the school has been a breeding ground for exceptional artistic talent ever since, with illustrious alumni including Renoir, Degas, Monet and Matisse.
Ralph Lauren will dedicate funding for a two-year project that will oversee the restoration and modernisation of the listed building, as part of a broader Beaux-Arts preservation campaign.
In keeping with brining the institution’s teaching capabilities into the 21stcentury, while also
preserving the classical Beaux-Arts style for future generations, Ralph Lauren will be
restoring the Amphiteatre d’honneur, the semi-circular lecture theatre at the heart of the school. The theatre will be fully updated to include state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and improve stadium seating.
Money will also be used to modernize the school’s website with a series of digital content
providing global audiences with access to a multitude of conferences, workshops,
symposiums and new online classes, placing the institution at the forefront
of the contemporary art world.
The corporation has a rich connection with French heritage and a long standing commitment
to philanthropy with a love of Paris. To celebrate the patron sponsorship, the brand will host
an exclusive gala dinner in the picturesque courtyard surrounding the L’Ecole des Beaux
Arts in the coming weeks. The event will also feature a special presentation of the Ralph
Lauren Fall 2013 Collection, the first time the designer has showcased outside of the US.
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