L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels | The Full Programme | 7 – 25 November 2017

L'ecole Van Cleef Arpels Hai

We are pleased to share with you the full programme, including registration details, for the events held by L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels (L’ÉCOLE), the Paris-based School of Jewelry Arts, developed for their Dubai campus.

L'ecole Van Cleef Arpels Hai

Following great success in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and New York, the nomadic campus will be located at Hai d3, in the Dubai Design District, from the 7th to the 25th of November 2017, marking the first visit of L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels abroad program to the Middle East.

L'ecole Van Cleef Arpels Hai


In addition to the adult classes and children’s workshops, the school has developed a rich program of events and activities that are free and open to the public. Ranging from evening conversations, to landmark exhibitions and complementary outdoor cinema screenings, the program is designed to offer an immersive experience for anyone interested in design, history, jewelry and contemporary culture.

Evening Conversations

Evenings devoted to revealing the secrets of the world of jewelry

Located surrounding the fireplace on the outdoor patio of Hai d3, the public will be invited to discuss and discover jewelry and watchmaking with visiting experts and cultural institutions from the Gulf region. Each of these exceptional occasions gather an audience of 80 people and two experts, or more, to discuss a selected topic in-depth. The topics and speakers in discussion during the evening conversations will include:

Thursday 9 November: Through the eyes of a Connoisseur

Time: 06:30-08:00pm

Vincent Meylan, Editor in chief at Point de Vue

Catherine Cariou, Heritage Director of Van Cleef & Arpels


Friday 10 November: Emirati adornment, Transmission and Memories

Time: 06:30-08:00pm

Michele Bambling, Creative Director of Lest We Forget

Safiya Al Maskari, Project Coordinator at Lest We Forget

Gislain Aucremanne, Art Historian, specialist of antique jewelry history and Professor at L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels

In celebration of Traditional Emirati Jewelry, Van Cleef & Arpels invites guests of the evening to wear their heirloom jewelry and share their memories of such Emirati traditions. Whether tangle or intangible adornment, jewelry, precious items, perfumes, facial or body adornments; the culture of adornment will be discussed and honored.


Tuesday 14 November: Architecture and Jewelry

Time: 06:30-08:00pm

Janus Rostock, RIBA M. Arch MAA, Regional Design Director, Head of Architecture & Urban Design

Paul Paradis, Art Historian, specialist in decorative arts and Professor at L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels


Friday 17 November: Pearls, Past and Present

Time: 06:30-08:00pm

Noura Al Sayeh, Head of Architectural Affairs, Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities

Talal Mattar, 6th generation pearl merchant, from the Mattar family, one of the oldest pearl merchant families in Bahrain

Inezita Gay-Eckel, Art Historian, pearl expert, and Professor at L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels


Thursday 23 November: The Magic of Natural Pearl

Time: 06:30-08:00pm

Rashid bin Shabib, Brownbook, Curator of ‘L’Ecole in Dubai Pearls & Jewels of the Gulf’ exhibition

Olivier Segura, Director of the French gemological laboratory (LFG), natural pearl expert


Friday 24th November: From Rocks to Jewels – A Journey with Minerals

Time: 06:30-08:00pm

Eloïse Gaillou, Curator at the Mineralogy Museum MINES Paris Tech and of ‘L’Ecole in Dubai minerals exhibition’

Marie-Laure Cassius-Duranton, Gemologist, Art Historian and Professor at L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels



The exhibition program includes the following:

Through the Eyes of a Connoisseur

A selection of jewels created with passion and patience by a connoisseur, a jewelry lover and esthete from the Middle East. The selection gathers pieces from the Art Deco period to the present days created by famous French, Italian or American jewels but also unsigned.


Pearls & Jewels of the Gulf

A partnership between L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels and Cultural Engineering, celebrates an exhibit to invite visitors to explore the history, aesthetics, methods and authentic craftsmanship of pearl diving.


Emirati Adornment: Tangible & Intangible

Brought to the school in collaboration with the Lest We Forget Initiative, Emirati adornment presents a rich and fascinating exploration of our local identity, aesthetics and cultural life as conveyed through various modes of adornment. Whether through tangible forms of Emirati adornment such as garments, burqa, jewelry, attributes, accessories and footwear, or intangible forms such as henna, kohl, fragrance and cosmetics, as well as grooming, nail care and hairstyles.


Van Cleef & Arpels Emerging Designer Award

Last November, Van Cleef & Arpels and Tashkeel, in partnership with Design Days Dubai, called emerging designers from the GCC region to submit proposals in response to the theme of ‘Growth’. The aim of the Middle East Emergent Designer Prize is to nurture emerging talent across the GCC and create global awareness by highlighting the region’s best designs. The exhibition will showcase the shortlisted finalist’s prototypes, alongside the winner’s design piece.


Invitation to the Voyage: Travel with Minerals

An exhibit from the Minerology Museum MINES Paris Tech.

L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels and MINES Paris Tech present an exhibition around five cabinets of curiosity. Each cabinet invites visitors to travel through a different journey:  matter, space, art, jewelry, and technology.

This mineralogical collection, preserved at the historic Vendôme Hotel for over two hundred years, is recognized as one of the most complete and spectacular mineralogical collections in the world. Today, it is comprised of around 100,000 samples, including 4,000 on exhibit, and over 2,900 species of minerals.


Cinema & Jewelry Nights

L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels and the independent platform Cinema Akil present a series of outdoor screenings around jewelry. The projections will take place on a terrace in Hai d3 with breathtaking views of the Dubai skyline. Each film will be introduced by an art historian of L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels who will share educative insights on the historical background of the jewelry content.

From some of the most famous jewel encrusted classic pictures ever seen to epic historical tales, the program includes awe inspiring films that celebrate vintage Hollywood and classic elegance.

The films include:

Saturday 11th November: To Catch A Thief (1955) PG-13, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starts at 7pm.

Saturday 18th November: Cleopatra (1963) PG-13, starring Elizabeth Taylor, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, starts at 7pm.

Wednesday 22nd November: Joddha Akhbar (2008) PG-13, starring Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai and Sonu Sood, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, starts at 7pm.


The School

L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels will offer 14 adult classes around three broad themes: Savoir-Faire (know-how), History of Jewelry, and The Universe of Gemstones; as well as five creative workshops for children and adolescents, ages 5 to 16. Classes are open to everyone, with no prior qualification or experience necessary to enroll.

L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels in Dubai will be participating in “The Year of Giving” as declared by the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. All funds collected from course registrations during the event will be donated to Dubai Cares. Upon registration for the adult classes, students are asked to contribute a minimum donation of AED 400, 100% of which will be donated to Dubai Cares. The creative workshops for children and adolescents are free of charge.

Students are welcome to register via calling the Van Cleef & Arpels hotline (800-VANCLEEF (82625333)), or +97144252740 by email (lecole_me@vancleefarpels.com), or by visiting the website me.lecolevancleefarpels.com. Classes are limited, so prior registration is essential.


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