Fashion meets art: my collection is bigger than yours

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Nope, still not bored with this year’s fashion-art love affair. Which is just as well as it’s only set to intensify. Late October sees the big reveal of the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton art museum in Paris (above), showcasing the LVMH corporate collection of art. The 126,000 square foot ‘glass cloud’ is rumoured to be the venue for the next Vuitton womenswear show, so expect your Instagram feed to be flooded with art-fashion-architecture amazingess of the highest order…

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Meanwhile, across the pond there’s more fashion-art fabulosity to be had the same month when the Met unveils its exhibition of cubist masterpieces donated by Leonard Lauder. That’s not just any old cubist masterpieces. The not-too-shabby 78-strong collection includes 33 Picassos, 17 Braques and 14 Légers and is said to be worth $1.1bn and the most important collection of its kind. The art donation by Lauder, chairman and heir of the Estée Lauder beauty empire, is the largest single art donation in history and is accompanied by an additional $22m endowment to fund the Met’s new Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art.

“I selected the Met as the way to share this collection because I feel that it’s essential that Cubism—and the art that follows it, for that matter — be seen and studied within the collections of one of the greatest encyclopedic museums in the world,” said Lauder.

So beauty bloggers, don’t feel too bad about your lipstick and Advanced Night Repair habit. Clearly those Estée Lauder profits have gone to a very deserving home that we can all benefit from (plane ticket permitting). Nice work Mr Lauder sir.

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Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection opens at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 20th

[IMAGES: Fondation Louis Vuitton via LVMH and Vanity Fair; Fernand Léger, Composition (The Typographer) 1918-19. Oil on canvas promised gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection]

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