January 2019

L'École abroad

L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels Returns to the Middle East

Discover, Learn, Wonder

Dubai, UAE – January 29, 2019 – After a successful debut in 2017, L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels is returning to Dubai, offering a two weeks program of courses, interesting conversations and exciting exhibitions. The only educational and cultural platform of its kind worldwide, L’ECOLE invites the region’s public, regardless of age or experience, to immerse themselves in the art of jewelry guided by leading experts at the second Middle East edition.

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 courses6 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.

The Exhibitions
To enhance the educational program and further deepen visitor’s jewelry knowledge, 4 exhibitions will take place during the two weeks session:

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"

The Courses
L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels in Dubai will offer 14 adult courses with hands-on experiencing, on an "a la carte" basis, organized around three main themes:

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
3.       Savoir-Faire
·         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.

The Workshops
Six creative workshops for children and teens will be offered, inviting young attendees to develop creativity while discovering a new world of jewelry design. These will take place through local schools’ collaborations during the week and will be open to the public during the weekends.
Evening Conversations
Curiosity and dialogue are the watchwords of these exceptional evening conversations, which are open to the general public, where an art historian from L’ÉCOLE and a local expert discuss different chapters of the world of jewelry. Selective topics and timings will be available on L’ÉCOLE’s website for visitors to pick and choose their favorite.
The Movies
Cinema brings people together and that is what Cinema Akil, the fully fledged arthouse cinema promises. L’ÉCOLE once again partners with them to engage with the audience taking them on a remarkable cinematic journey. With a perfect setting under the stars, great view of the panoramic Dubai skyline and accompanied with tasty food, the audience will enjoy two weeks of pure cinematic bliss. Six artistic movies will be aired during this period and will be revealed on L’ÉCOLE’s website.
L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels Dubai Partners
To support the second arrival of L’ÉCOLE to the Middle East, the school has partnered with UAE-based institutions from a cultural, creative and educational background including:
·         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

·         Tashkeel
·         Zayed University

The full Dubai schedule will be available from February 2019 on: me.lecolevancleefarpels.com

About L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels
Founded in February 2012, L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels is notable for an innovative curriculum geared toward inviting everyone, regardless of age or experience, to learn about the secretive inner world of the jewelry arts.  The only prerequisite is a desire to learn.  Its goal is to instill an intellectual and emotional understanding of the spirit of these exceptional crafts; to educate the eye, the hand and the sense of taste; to encourage a grasp of their techniques through personal experience. In addition, to really appreciate jewelry, the student needs to learn about art history and gemstones.  This happens with the help of expert teachers who are passionate about their subjects: art historians, virtuoso craftsmen, experienced jewelers, setters, designers, gemologists, who share their knowledge with students from all over the world.

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 (lecole_me@vancleefarpels.com), or by visiting the website me.lecolevancleefarpels.com. Classes are limited, so prior registration is essential.

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  • L'ÉCOLE in Dubai
    Design District

  • Hidden Treasures
    Exhibition Poster
    Dubai 2019

  • Pearl Merchants
    Exhibition Poster
    Dubai 2019

  • Precious Art Deco Objects
    Exhibition Poster
    Dubai 2019

  • The Fabulous Destiny
    of Tavernier's Diamonds
    Exhibition Poster
    Dubai 2019

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