Notre Dame fire: Fashion industry expresses grief, makes big donations for cathedral’s restoration

by Apparel Resources News-Desk

17-April-2019  |  4 mins read

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A catastrophic fire devastated the pride of Paris, the Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most iconic architectural and artistic icons of the world on Monday.

Starting Monday afternoon, the fire continued through the evening until the building’s famous spire, which was a major part of the Parisian skyline, gave in after standing tall for 800 years. Thankfully, several iconic art and sculptural pieces were saved and no casualties were reported.

This has rocked the fashion industry, drawing a series of comments and responses on social media from the fashion bigwigs, along with a fair share of contributions made from the biggest fashion holdings and legacy houses for the restoration of the cathedral.

Francois-Henri Pinault, chair and CEO of French luxury group Kering, announced a donation of 100 million euros on Monday night, to be made on behalf of himself and his family. Kering is one of the biggest luxury fashion holding group, with brands like Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga under its umbrella. Pinault also heads Artemis, a French holding company that owns auction house Christie’s.

French tycoon Bernard Arnault and his LVMH luxury goods group also pledged € 200 million EUR (approximately $226 million USD) for the cause. “The Arnault family and the LVMH group would like to show their solidarity at this time of national tragedy, and are joining up to help rebuild this extraordinary cathedral, which is a symbol of France, of its heritage and of French unity,” said the statement released on behalf of Arnault.

On the other hand, fashion stalwarts are sharing their despair on social media.

“The 14th-century French Gothic building, with its pointed arches, intimidating gargoyles and rose windows was immortalized in film and literature, most notably in Victor Hugo’s classic novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” holds a big space in my heart,” Riccardo Tisci, creative director of Burberry wrote on Instagram.

Several other designers such as Anna Dello Russo, Diane Von Furstenberg and Pamela Golbin voiced similar opinions as Tisci, find their posts here:


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Notre Dame de Paris 💔🔥my heart,my thoughts and my prayers are with all our French friends today 🙏🙏🙏

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#Unthinkable #NoWords 😰🖤😰

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No….. so heartbroken #notredame 💔

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Watching the terrible news as I head through PARIS and see the horrendous flames from Notre Dame 💔

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