Imperial elegance. Souvenirs from the wardrobe of Empress Eugenie

Exhibition, Talk
from 02/09/2020 to 15/11/2020
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As part of the Eugenie Season on the occasion of the centenary of the Empress’ death, the Palais de Compiègne presents an exhibition (until 15 November) on the Empress’s wardrobe show-casing pieces from its collection. [Title in French “Une élégance impériale. Souvenirs de la garde-robe de l’impératrice Eugénie”].
Talks, presentations of works by the curators of the palace, guided tours and concerts accompany this season dedicated to the last Empress of the French.

Imperial elegance. Souvenirs from the wardrobe of Empress Eugenie
© Palais de Compiègne

On July 11, 1920, Eugenie de Montijo, a personality who marked her time, died in Madrid.

A century later, the Château de Compiègne, where the last Empress of the French lived part of her life, pays homage to her through a series of events: exhibition of her most beautiful dresses in the ballroom gallery, a symposium “Eugénie et les arts” (15 October, 9.30 – 12am / 2– 4.30pm), a talk by Jean des Cars (14 November, 6pm), “Automnales” chamber music festival, but also visits, story-telling and workshops will punctuate the Eugenie Season.

Find out more (link in French)

“Memories of the wardrobe of Empress Eugenie”: The Château de Compiègne is the richest public collection of objects that belonged to Empress Eugenie. On the occasion of the centenary of her death, her clothes and accessories will be presented for the first time in their entirety. From her youth to her exile in England, these objects full of emotion and history retrace an extraordinary life.

This season announces the reopening of the museum dedicated to the memory of the Empress and the imperial family, scheduled for 2021.

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