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Screening of “Looking For Chloe”


Looking for Chloé

Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW
Cafritz Hall
Washington, D.C., 20036

Thursday, May 19 | 12:00pm


On May 19, don’t miss a screening of “Looking for Chloe,” a portrait of the Jewish-Egyptian designer Gaby Aghion (1921–2014), founder of the French fashion house Chloé, at the EDCJCC.

With clients such as Brigitte Bardot, Jackie Kennedy, and Maria Callas, Aghion transformed the clothing industry with designs that went against the concept of haute couture to give women lighter, more wearable wardrobes. An empowering and revolutionary figure, Aghion is the subject of this colorful, immersive documentary by French director Isabelle Cottenceau and producer Sophie Jeaneau.

The documentary uses previously unseen archival footage and images as well as a recreated interview with Aghion herself to paint a picture of an extraordinary woman and period in history for the fashion world. The film is a worthy tribute to Aghion, also a committed political figure and intellectual, who is believed to have invented the very concept of prêt-à-porter, or ready-to-wear clothing.

The May 19 screening at the EDCJCC will be followed by a conversation with curator and art historian Choghakate Kazarian, moderated by JxJ Artistic Director Yael Luttwak.

Co-Presented with the Embassy of France, Sephardic Heritage International (SHIN-DC), and MJAM.

In partnership with

La Maison Française

Unique among French diplomatic missions, La Maison Française at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C., offers an environment that encourages friendly relations between states, promotes outreach and cultural events, and serves as a center for professional and educational activities.

JxJ: Washington, D.C. Jewish Film and Music 

Presented by the Edlavitch DCJCC, JxJ encompasses the Washington Jewish Film and Music Festivals, alongside a year-round film and music program. JxJ’s year-round program consists of advance and sneak peek screenings, limited theatrical runs and post-screenings conversations that take place at a state-of-the-art concert and cinema venue in the Edlavitch DCJCC on 16th and Q Streets. Join JxJ for the upcoming festival, running May 9-19 2024!

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