Until May, 3rd : Design exhibition by Ionna vautrin at French Cultural Center [fr]

Imagined by French designer Ionna Vautrin, "Le bestiaire" is an interactive costume exhibitionthat celebrates the animal kingdom, rousing the imaginations of young and old alike. Free and Open to the Public. Ages 3+


LOCATION: French Cultural Center | Alliance Française de Boston
DATES: April 6 - May 3, 2016

As part of the Boston Design Week and Oui Design, Le bestiaire, an interactive costume exhibition by French designer Ionna Vautrin, will be shown at the French Cultural Center from April 6 through May 3, 2016. Le bestiaire was produced by the City of Design as part of the Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial 2015.

When we dress up, regardless of whether we become beautiful or ugly, good or bad, marvelous or monstrous, we are allowed to embody those creatures, and are excused of all odd behavior. Taking the form of a collection of costumes, Le bestiaire, an exhibition conceived by designer Ionna Vautrin, gives children the chance to imagine becoming all kinds of animals, from the most gentle to the very wild.

Creating their own imaginary zoo, fourteen artists came up with abstract, unexpected or hyperrealistic animals. These stunning costumes are products of the vivid imaginations of an eclectic team comprised of Studio Brichet Ziegler, Perrine Vigneron and Gilles Belley, Louise de Saint Angel, Anne Lutz, Joachim Jirou-Najou, Felipe Ribon, Les Graphiquants, Twice, Helkarava, Bonnefrite, Malika Favre, Amélie Fontaine, Leslie David and Ionna Vautrin.

About the artist

Ionna Vautrin was born in 1979 in France. She graduated in 2002 from School of Design Nantes Atlantique. Since 2002, she has worked successively for Camper in Spain, for George J. Sowden in Italy and for Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec in France. She opened her own studio in January 2011 after receiving the Grand Prize of the creation of the city of Paris. Now she collaborate with differents brands and editors like Foscarini, Moustache, Kvadrat, Christian Dior, Sancal, Super-ette, Lexon...Her work is a meeting between industry and poetry.

About the exhibition

The exhibition is co-presented with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in New York. It is part of Oui Design, an initiative of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy Embassy in the US, supported by Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, FACE Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation.

Last modified on 12/04/2016

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