- French Fashion Comes to Boston
About the Event
Laure Hériard Dubreuil, Founder and President of The Webster, and Tokyo-based designer Julien David will discuss the challenges they encountered and how they managed, obstacle after obstacle, to become pillars of the French fashion industry. This candid debate will be moderated by Michelle Finamore, Curator of Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts.
A cocktail reception will be held after this one-of-a-kind discussion. Guests can meet the panelists and view backstage pictures from Julien’s show as well as several outfits of his design. Julien will unveil exclusive outfits from his upcoming collection, that will be exhibited in the gallery.
This event will precede the grand opening of the new Webster location, a six-story, 12,000 square feet concept store in the heart of Soho in Manhattan.
About Laure Hériard DubreuilLaure is the Founder and President of The Webster, an exclusive multi-brand luxury boutique with locations in Florida, Texas, and California. Laure has worked with some of the world’s most notable designers, including Nicolas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga, and the team of Yves Saint Laurent in Paris. A revered member of the fashion industry, Laure has participated in the prestigious WWD’s annual CEO Summit and now serves on the expert committee of LVMH’s annual fashion prize, which fosters young talent.
About Julien DavidFrench-born, Tokyo-based designer Julien David worked for Narciso Rodriguez and Ralph Lauren before establishing his own namesake label—with a capsule collection of printed-silk twill scarves—in 2008. Known for drawing on Pop culture in the US, France and Japan, David produces clothing remarkable for its thoughtful, original approach to streetwear (Elle). In 2012, after only three fashion shows in Paris, Julien was awarded the prestigious Andam Grand Prix and completed a one-year mentorship with LVMH. He has been featured multiple times in French and US Vogue, Dazed & Confused, The New York Times, Style.com, Elle, L’Officiel, Numero, Forbes, WWD, Wonderland, Details, Grazia, GQ, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Libération, Marie Claire, W, and more.
“David noted, however, that his realization was personal, referencing the ordinary aspects he’s picked up from living in Japan, the U.S., and France. Certainly the way these looks were styled—active, pseudo-future sunglasses included—gave them curb appeal in a way that actual ordinary falls short of. For him, normal seems like a novelty.” (Vogue)
About Michelle FinamoreMichelle Tolini Finamore is the Penny Vinik Curator of Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and has her Ph.D. from the Bard Graduate Center in New York. Her books include “Gaetano Savini: The Man Who Was Brioni” (Assouline, 2015) and “Hollywood Before Glamour: Fashion in American Silent Film” (Palgrave, 2013) and she co-authored “Jewelry by Artists: In the Studio, 1940-2000” (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2010). She has taught courses on fashion, design, and film history at the Rhode Island School of Design and Massachusetts College of Art and previously held posts at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Sotheby’s auction house.
About the WebsterThe Webster (also known as The Webster Miami) is a luxury, multi-brand fashion house operating five physical boutiques in the U.S. and an online store. The multi-brand boutique sells a curated selection of designer brands (e.g., Balmain, Celine, Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent). The Webster has partnered with worldwide major retailers such as Le Bon Marché, Target, Ritz Paris, and most recently, Lane Crawford.