Taking place from March 29th to April 13th 2019 at In5 at Hai d3, in Dubai Design District, this year’s program will feature 4 brand-new exhibitions, 14 adult courses, 6 workshops for children and teens, 6 evening conversations with our experts and 6 Cinema Under the Stars movies inspired by jewelry.
Sharing her thoughts about the return of L’ECOLE to Dubai, Marie Vallanet-Delhom, President of L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels said, “We are very excited to re-affirm our mission to share culture and to foster the growth of education through transporting the experience of the school’s Paris Place Vendôme classrooms to In5 at Hai d3 in Dubai Design District for the second year. During this year’s edition, we once again invite everyone in the Middle East to immerse themselves in the secrets of the jewelry arts, guided by leading expert teachers.”
Since its creation in 2012, the L’ÉCOLE has invited everyone who is curious and passionate to take a journey discovering the savoir-faire, history and culture of fine jewelry. The first of its kind, L’ECOLE offers a unique opportunity to acquire knowledge through hands-on experiencing, direct one-on-one dialogue with experts, engaging classes, creative workshops and interactive conversations. This year’s edition will include new interesting courses and workshops, giving visitors a better chance to discover, learn and wonder with the experts of this enchanting world. All proceeds from these courses will be donated to Dubai Cares.
1. Hidden Treasures: Jewelry from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
This Exhibition is an attempt to highlight the myriad influences that animate design repertories across the Arabian Peninsula. It is a showcase of iconic examples of jewelry from the Art of Heritage Collection (AOH) at Riyadh; a full range of jeweled objects that were personal possessions and accoutrements of Bedouin women.
2. Pearl Merchants: A rediscovered Saga between the Gulf and France at the dawn of the 20th Century
This exhibition will shed light on the world of pearl merchants. It will focus on how pearl commerce developed due to a thriving interchange, beginning with the growth of relationships between French merchants and the pearl merchants in the Gulf during the early 1900s, and the important role pearls played in Paris as well as in the Gulf, during the early 20th century, socially, financially and historically.
3. Precious Art Deco Objects
For the first time in the Middle East, L’École will be presenting a spectacular array of precious boxes from the remarkable collection amassed by the Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan for his wife, the Princess Catherine Aleya Aga Khan. The majority of these were created by the greatest Parisian jewelers of the 1920s and 1930s, and reflect the epoch’s penchant for Art Deco. A cultivated and refined figure, whose life and career were written between East and West, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan understood the importance of dialogue between cultures.
See more information on the exhibition "Precious Art Deco Objects"
4. The Fabulous Destiny of Tavernier’s Diamonds
This is the story of the breathtaking diamonds acquired by Louis XIV from the travelling merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605-1689) in 1668, told through this exhibition organized by L’École, School of Jewelry Arts, with the support of Van Cleef & Arpels. A fabulous story based on a journey made along the trade routes connecting East to West showcasing L’École’s scientific legitimacy.
See more information on the exhibition "The Fabulous Destiny of Tavernier's Diamonds"
1. Art History of Jewelry
· Gold and Jewelry: from Antiquity to the Renaissance Princes
· Jewelry: from Louis XIV to Contemporary Artists
· Amulets and Precious Symbols
· Entering the Van Cleef & Arpels Universe
2. The Universe of Gemstones
· Discover the Gemstones
· Recognize the Gemstones
· Fascinating Diamond 1: History and Legends
· Fascinating Diamond 2: Science & Gemology
· Trying out the Jeweler’s Techniques
· From Design to Mock-up
· From French Jewels to Japanese Lacquer
· From the Wax Project to the Setting Techniques
· The Gouaché in High Jewelry 1: The Light
· The Gouaché in High Jewelry 2: The Colour
Enrollment will open from February 2019 and courses are prices at AED 500.
· Abu Dhabi Businesswoman Council
· Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation
· Alliance Francaise
· Art of Heritage
· Dubai Opera
· Dubai Tourism
· Dubai Cares
· Dubai Culture
· In5 at Hai d3
· Institut Français des Emirats Arabes Unis
· Lest We Forget
· Sharjah Art Foundation
· Zayed University
The full Dubai schedule will be available from February 2019 on: me.lecolevancleefarpels.com
General Information and Media
From February 2019, students are welcome to register via calling the Van Cleef & Arpels hotline (800-VANCLEEF (82625333)), or +97144252740 by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by visiting the website me.lecolevancleefarpels.com. Classes are limited, so prior registration is essential.
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