Franc’ Pairon receives the medal Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres

Franc' and J P
Franc' Pairon and Jean Paul Lespagnard, two Belges

Dear Shaded Viewers

It was quite an emotional moment for two reasons one, of course the honor bestowed upon Franc' Pairon and the other that Franc' announced she is going back to Belgium and leaving the  position she held for the last 13 years,   Director of the Progam of Creation at l'Institut Francais de la Mode. Prior to IFM, Franc' spent 13 years directing and in fact instituting the fashion program at la Cambre. Let's just say these are not going to be easy shoes to step into…

Didieer and Franc
Monsieur Didier Grumbach, President of the Federation Francaise de la Couture, and Pret-a-porter of Couturiers et des Createurs de Mode gave a very moving talk that was both gentle, warm and informative. 

DP and JP
Jean Paul Lespagnard, I had not seen him since last season.

Franc' received a standing ovation, her force in the world of fashion education will certainly be missed. Who knows what her next step will be but she is not calling this retirement.



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.