Lafayette 148 Saves Paint with Save Venice – WWD

New York City has seen many clashes with the Italians lately, but Lafayette 148 partnered with a philanthropic bent, teaming up with Save Venice on Thursday night on behalf of the restoration.

Lafayette 148 becomes the sole corporate sponsor for the restoration of Giulia Lama’s 18th-century oil painting Female Saint in Glory — an idea first proposed by creative director Emily Smith, who, like Coco Chanel before her, had long been seduced by Venice incorporated the city’s many charms into the Lafayette 148 collections over the years.

“Art and architecture are two key areas of focus for the company, so this seemed like a nice extension of Emily’s vision and I fully support her,” said co-founder and CEO Deirdre Quinn, noting how the brand often collaborates with artisans in Murano on glassware.

Adelina Wong Ettelson, Elizabeth Kurpis and Lauren Santo Domingo.

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Inside Lafayette’s SoHo flagship, amid Smith’s fall collection of tartan kilts and preppy sweater vests, art patrons Lauren Santo Domingo, Elizabeth Kurpis and Adelina Wong Ettelson sipped Prosecco while enjoying light bites of caviar and rare sirloin with crème fraîche. The mood was high as women gathered to shop for a good cause.

Ten percent of the evening’s proceeds will go to Save Venice’s “Women Artists of Venice” campaign, which aims to empower active women artists in the sinking city. And attention to llamas’ work is long overdue.

The time currently hanging in the Church of Santa Maria Assunta on the island of Lido has not been kind to the “Holy One in Glory” who is covered in cobwebs and pigeon droppings. Although the title and original composition remain uncertain, Lama’s brooding style makes it an interesting point for researchers and historians, in sharp contrast to the breathy pastels common to the Baroque period.


Giulia Lama, “Female Saints in Glory”, Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Malamocco, Lido di Venezia.

“Originally, scholars didn’t think it was a woman’s work – her depiction of male bodies was too strong for a woman to believe anatomically, so some of her work was attributed to men,” said Lizzie, board member of Save Venice Ascher, a self-proclaimed accessory “nut,” eyes a delicate beaded choker. We want “to have proper attribution and to make sure that women are highlighted and that there is scientific material that we can write and publish”.

“What’s incredible about Deidre and Lafayette is that they’re the ones who have embraced Giulia Lama’s work, they’ve really taken the lead… We put that out there and we wanted female CEOs, female founders, female leaders, you take it.” this initiative,” said Ascher.

With Lafayette’s sponsorship, “Female Saint in Glory” will be dismantled from the church wall and taken to a nearby laboratory for examination before being painstakingly restored.

“I see this as the beginning of a journey,” Quinn said of the opportunity to put an old painting in a new light. “We don’t yet know what they might find.”


Deirdre Quinn and Lizzie Asher

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