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  • FRANCE FOREVER: Book Talk with Wilfried Zeisl

    "Vivre la belle Epoque à Paris", a book talk with Wilfried Zeisler

    Friday 13th September 2019 — 7:00pm to 9:00pm

    Le premier événement de notre saison culturelle 2019-2020 continue la célébration des 70 ans de l'Alliance Française de Washington, DC! C'est un grand honneur pour l’AFDC de recevoir une nouvelle fois Dr. Wilfried Zeisler, conservateur en chef au Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, qui présentera son dernier ouvrage «Vivre la belle époque à Paris, Olga Paley et Paul de Russie». 

    A PROPOS DE L'AUTEUR : Diplômé de Sorbonne Université et de l'École du Louvre à Paris, Wilfried a beaucoup écrit sur les arts décoratifs français et russes, notamment un livre de 2010 sur la céramique française commémorant l'Alliance franco-russe, plusieurs articles et des contributions à des ouvrages comme Artistic Luxury Fabergé Tiffany Lalique (2008). Sa thèse intitulée L'Objet d'art et de luxe français en Russie (1881-1917) a été publiée à Paris en 2014. Entre 2009 et 2011, il a participé aux expositions à Paris et à Monaco. Au Hillwood, il a organisé les expositions Splendor and Surprise: Elegant ContainersAntique to Modern (2015), Konstantin Makovsky: The Tsar's Painter (2016), et Fabergé Rediscovered (2018). Wilfried est le coauteur de Konstantin Makovsky: The Tsar's Painter in America and Paris (2015) et l'auteur de Fabergé Rediscovered et de Vivre la Belle Epoque à Paris: Paul de Russie et Olga Paley, tous deux publiés en 2018.

    A PROPOS DU LIVRE: « Vivre la Belle Epoque à Paris, Olga Paley et Paul de Russie ». 

    Basé sur une documentation inédite, cet ouvrage retrace le destin parisien de la comtesse Olga de Hohenfelsen, plus tard connue sous le nom de princesse Paley, épouse morganatique du grand-duc Paul de Russie, oncle du dernier empereur Nicolas II. Tout en nous plongeant dans l’univers de Marcel Proust, la plupart des relations mondaines de la princesse Paley ayant nourri l’imaginaire de l’écrivain, l’ouvrage explore la vie quotidienne du couple mettant en lumière ses relations avec les plus grands fournisseurs tels les couturiers Worth et Paquin, ou le joaillier Cartier. Il dresse également un panorama du marché parisien de l’art, en suivant pas à pas l’aménagement des résidences successives du couple de Paris à Saint-Pétersbourg. Au lendemain de la Révolution russe, on reconnaît l’importance de la collection et du palais élevé pour l’abriter qui accueille pour un temps le musée d’Art et d’Histoire français. Dispersée au cours des années 1920, la collection est ici étudiée pour la première fois dans son ensemble.

    L'événement en français. Traditionnel vin et fromages après l'événement. 

    AFDC Member / Culture Pass: $10 + Processing Fees  - General Admission: $15 + Processing Fees.

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  • Fashion Show: tickets on sale!

    FASHION SHOW: Beyond The Little Black Dress, 4th edition

    Saturday September 28 — 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    To celebrate our 70th Anniversary, raise awareness of our nonprofit, Alliance Française of Washington D.C. (AFDC), and raise necessary funds to support and strengthen our cultural programs by bringing high-quality events and artists from France & the francophone world to D.C. we are hosting our Biennial Fashion Show “Beyond the Little Black Dress” on Saturday, September 28th at the French Embassy

    This year’s - Innovation Meets Tradition - edition will feature designers from Russia, Czechia, Australia, the USA, and more!

    Never attended "Beyond the Little Black Dress"? Here is a taste of what you missed:

    - First Edition at the Dupont Circle Hotel -  Watch the video here. 

    - Second and Third Edition at the Maison Française - Watch the video here and here

    This fashion show benefits the cultural programs of the Alliance Française of Washington. 

    Program of the Evening:
    7:00PM - VIP Cocktail Reception 
    7:30PM - Doors Open for General Admission 
    8:15PM - The Show

    Following the show there will be a reception with cash bar and desserts. You will also have the opportunity to meet the models and deisgners after the show.

    Different Ticket Types Available: 

    VIP Ticket  - $195 

    Includes:
    - Front Row seating
    - Access to VIP cocktail hour (featuring hors d'oeuvres from the French Embassy's talented chef and his team!) 
    - VIP Goodie Bag (with a limited-edition special jewelry gift from Mindy Lam)
    - Red carpet strike and repeat picture

    General Admission (Second Row) - $95

    Includes:
    - Second Row seating
    - Red carpet strike and repeat picture

    Standing Room only - $55

    Includes:
    - Red carpet strike and repeat picture

    All ticket holders will have the opportunity to meet and greet with the designers and models during the cocktail reception after the Fashion Show.

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  • Children's Open House

    September 14, 9:00am-12:30pm:

    Please RSVP here !

    Bienvenue! You are invited to the Alliance Française to discover our programs for children from 1 to 18-years-old! Visit our beautiful building and classrooms dedicated to babies and toddlers. Meet our experienced teachers, native speakers trained to teach French in full immersion. Listen to a few songs in our warm and welcoming library and introduce your child to French and francophone culture through a comic books, novels and movies. Children can also attend one of our mini-classes to get a taste for French language classes at the Alliance. And for those who are interested in registering, placement tests will be available for classes beginning in September.

    Free event, but please RSVP !

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    Placement Test Information

    Not sure what your level of French is?  Do the free placement test online or join us for one of our on-site placement test nights!             Take the Placement Test now


  • Boot Camps

    Boot Camps at AFDC

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    Come join us at AFDC and fine-tune your grammar in these three-hour review sessions.  Each Boot Camp review will take place twice, once in the morning and once in the evening so you can't miss out!  These Boot Camps are intended as a review for certain aspects of French grammar, so pick and choose what you need help with!

  • Private Classes

    Private Classes

    The Alliance Française de Washington provides customized private one-on-one and semi-private instruction on-site and off-site, as well as Skype lessons with fully qualified French teachers. Start at any time and benefit from flexible scheduling and personalized instruction.

    Submit request form for adult private classes. Learn more about our adult private classes. Learn more about kids & teens private classes here.

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