CARROUSEL DE LA MODE EVICTED FROM TUILERIES
Byline: Godfrey Deeny
PARIS — France’s Culture Ministry has booted the Carrousel de la Mode out of the Tuileries gardens, and Jacques Mouclier is furious.
The newly homeless trade show — previously held just a three-minute walk from the Carrousel du Louvre, the underground fashion center where most of the top ready-to-wear collections are presented — will now be staged at a dormant construction site two miles away.
“We are very disappointed,” said Mouclier, president of the Chambre Syndicale, which oversees the Carrousel de la Mode in partnership with France’s Federation du Pret-a-Porter.
Mouclier criticized the L’Etat Public du Grand Louvre (PGL), the government body that manages both the famed museum and the Tuileries, for the decision to bar the Carrousel de la Mode from the gardens.
Mouclier added that he was unable to get the decision changed despite several meetings with the Culture Minister, Jacques Toubon. He also noted that the PGL has once again given permission for Le Forum, a huge fun fair, to be held in the Tuileries for two months later this year. “How a Culture Minister can give preference to a fun fair ahead of fashion beats me. It’s a mistaken decision. Truly incomprehensible,” Mouclier said.
The four-day show will begin as scheduled on March 17, but will be staged in tents at an unused construction site on Quai Branly in the seventh arrondissement, according to show organizers. The show is made up of four sections: Atmosphere; Paris sur Mode; Groupe des Halles; and Premiere Classe for accessories. Last fall it attracted 12,000 visitors, and buyers representing 5,600 sales points.
A fleet of 10 minibuses will be available at the Carrousel du Louvre to ferry press and retailers attending the rtw shows to and from the trade fair. Organizers from all four sections insisted that no resources had pulled out of the Carrousel de la Mode because of the change of location. Andre Faussurier, the director of Groupe des Halles, said he had reduced prices by 6 percent for exhibitors at his event. But he was the only organizer to take such a move. “We got paid ahead of time, so it’s too late,” said Xavier Clergerie, co-promoter of Premiere Classe. Muriel Guyot, organizer of Atmosphere, part of which was previously held at the Hotel St. James beside the Tuileries, said all the resources usually at her show will be at the Quai Branly.