Leila Menchari: The Queen of Enchantment
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For more than 30 years, Leïla Menchari (born 1928) was responsible for designing the traffic-stopping window displays at Hermes's prestigious flagship store at 24 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honore in Paris. Featuring a preface by Hermes CEO Axel Dumas, this extensively illustrated, sumptuous publication focuses on 137 Hermes storefronts created by Leïla Menchari between 1978 and 2013. Born in Tunis and considering herself a citizen of the world, Menchari was inspired by her journeys to the Near and Far East, her encounters with extraordinary figures of the art world and her Beaux-Arts training. For Hermes she created Egyptian archaeological sites with sand and crumbling statues and iconic scenes of Paris with monuments crafted out of organza, among many other fantasies.
ISBN 9782330084158. Hermes/Actes Sud.