Celine inaugurates the newly restored “salons d’apparat” of the Hôtel de la Marine, the historic 18th century building on Place de la Concorde in Paris, with the first show and first campaign photographed in the space since its restoration. These rooms were originally used to present the royal collections to french and foreign visitors. They were intended to display the excellence of french decorative arts and the monarchy’s power. In the 19th century, the navy converted these areas into stately reception rooms.
The grand gallery was divided into two parts and hosted many lavish receptions throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Balls for the coronations of napoleon and king Charles X were held in the “salons d’apparat”. The Hôtel de la Marine was conceived between 1757 and 1774 by the architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, who also designed le petit trianon in versailles, which belonged to marie-antoinette during the reign of Louis XVI. Gabriel architectural style is the epitome of french classicism.
Initiated by louis xiv in 1670, the second setting for dans paris is the hôtel national des invalides, located on the west bank of Paris, in the 7th arrondissement. Historically used for the reception of head of states during official visits in Paris, the Celine show starts in the “cour d’honneur”, the main courtyard in the heart of the building.
For his inaugural Celine show in 2018, Hedi Slimane erected an ephemeral architectural pavilion set on the ground of Hôtel Des Invalides. The opening of the show was marked by the drumming of two members of the french garde républicaine. For dans Paris, Hedi Slimane revealed for the first time a brand-new ephemeral architectural pavilion structure.