The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) is commemorating the 100th anniversary of Edith Piaf’s birth (December 19, 1915) with an exhibition presenting Piaf’s recordings, photographs, posters, letters and performance programs. Also included is her iconic black dress.
Edith Piaf’s little black dress
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This black dress is inextricably linked to Edith Piaf. And it’s not a coincidence. She insisted on this dress for its austerity and simplicity so that her appearance would not distract the spectators. She was asked several times to wear something more appealing, but the strong-willed sparrow — 1m47 (4’8″) — always refused.
— Cécile Obligi, BnF Chroniques N° 51 novembre-décembre 2009, page 28
Related events include performances of two plays that Jean Cocteau wrote for Piaf, Le Bel Indifférent and Le Fantôme de Marseille. Close friends, Piaf and Cocteau died within 6 hours of each other on October 11, 1963.
Music events include two concerts: Nouvelle Star 2008 winner, Amandine Bourgeois sings Piaf and Piaf Remix by DJ Claude Challe, creator of the famous Buddha Bar sound.
A catalogue of the exhibition is available for 39 €.
A best of from the BnF’s music collection.
SEE ALSO Édith Piaf, 50 years gone
Toddler photograph of Edith
Photo by Apic/Getty Images [UNSPECIFIED – OCTOBER 13: young Edith Piaf (real name Edith Gassion) here as a child c. 1918]
In the news
France celebrates singer Edith Piaf with exhibition for centenary of her birth trib.al/2HvlLBH—
The Guardian (@guardian) April 12, 2015