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Fondation Louis Vuitton holds its grand opening ceremony in Paris

Fondation Louis Vuitton holds its grand opening ceremony in Paris

With Anna, Karl and Hollywood stars in attendance


LVMH CEO and the richest man in France, Bernard Arnault, sees the new museum as a "gift to the country" – consequently naming it after his biggest and most profitable brand...

Following a press preview this week, Bernard Arnault held a special preview alongside French President François Hollande yesterday in Paris, as they pushed a button to light up the new Frank Gehry-designed structure, the magnificent Fondation Louis Vuitton, which glowed in the night.

"Louis Vuitton is the brand in our group that probably has the strongest links with artists – and for the longest time," the Chairman and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on the eve of the opening event, which was peopled by fashion designers, Hollywood actress muses such as Marion Cotillard with Raf Simons and Michelle Williams with Nicolas Ghesquière, plus politicians, artists and LVMH names-to-know.

"Since I arrived at LVMH, I thought it would be a good idea to pay homage to the creative realms that have brought economic success to our business, Vuitton in particular," he continued.

Monday's ceremony marks Arnault's decade-long quest to construct an art museum in Paris, and in a Gehry building that already has won praise from the world's architectural critics.

It also illustrates how fashion and luxury goods – one of France's main exports amid a general economic low – have the power to attract worldwide attention.

Fondation LV grand opening

Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld

Fondation LV grand opening

Suzy Menkes and Jonathan Newhouse 

Fondation LV grand opening

Antoine Arnault and Natalia Vodianova

Fondation LV grand opening

Sofia Coppola

Fondation LV grand opening

Kate and Sidney Toledano

Fondation LV grand opening

Jeff Koons

Fondation LV grand opening

Nicolas Ghesquière and Michelle Williams

Fondation LV grand opening

Kris van Assche

Fondation LV grand opening

Gaia Repossi

Fondation LV grand opening

Pierre Berge

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