CRAFTY FELLOWS: “Why are there no women? It will come!” said Françoise Montenay, chairwoman of the Comité Colbert, during a speech in Paris Tuesday where France’s minister of culture and communication, Christine Albanel, awarded six artisan “virtuosos” from France’s luxury industry with national distinctions. Jacques-Philippe Bedou, head of fur production at Dior, reminisced about the “distinction and elegance” of former Dior client Grace Kelly, who had a penchant for fur accessories such as hats, collars and trims. Meanwhile, Jean-Michel Poiraud, a leather goods maker at Louis Vuitton, said he’s lost count of the number of bags he has made. He listed among career highlights the production of the brand’s first leather hatbox in 1978, as well as the development of Vuitton’s semi-rigid Stratos bag in 1982.
CALVIN’S STAGE MOMENT: In 1990, Calvin Klein created costumes for Martha Graham’s Maple Leaf Rag production. Collaborating with Graham directly, Klein designed low-slung skirts to accentuate the torso, and other pieces that are still used for the production worldwide. From today to April 18, Klein’s designs will once again be in the spotlight, when the Martha Graham Dance Company performs Maple Leaf Rag and several other dances at Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet. There’s no need, however, to fly to Paris to sample some vintage Calvin: The production moves to New York University’s Skirball Center May 12 to 16.