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About this Event

Using the creatures in Le bestiaire as inspiration, children will create their own animal costumes. Children will exercise their imaginations using a variety of arts supplies to craft their own piece of wearable art. Devised by graphic designer Amélie Doistau and illustrator Tomoë Sugira, this design laboratory is inspired by the forms, colors and patterns of existing animals. Once all the animal reveries are down on paper, the carnival can begin: the beasts are unleashed! They roar, sing, meow, growl... They fly, swim, run, jump and pounce...

Above: Courtesy of FIAF

Explore Le bestiaire on display in the gallery!


Imagined by French designer Ionna Vautrin, Le bestiaire is a collection of costumes that celebrates the animal kingdom, rousing the imaginations of young and old alike. An eclectic team of French artists applied their illustrative fantasies to create an imaginary zoo of abstract, unexpected and hyper realistic animals, from the very tame to the extremely wild.

Gallery Hours

Monday, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday through Thursday, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday and Saturday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Free and Open to the Public. Ages 3+.


This event is presented as part of Boston Design Week. This event is made possible thanks in part to the Mosaïque Cultural Fund and Jean-François and Nathalie Ducrest.

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


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In April, we're putting the spotlight on design​ as we welcome French designers and architects who have been expanding their practices beyond the expected. Whether devising a zoo of imaginary animals, orchestrating an interactive festival of contemporary art or building structures that challenge notions of private and public space, our featured events give a glimpse into French design today.

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