S/ Was There: Celebrating 250 Years of Veuve Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot’s Solaire Culture Exhibition in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of Veuve Clicquot

The stars were out in Beverly Hills on October 26th to celebrate the 250 year anniversary of luxury champagne house, Veuve Clicquot and its matriarch Madame Clicquot.

Conceived in collaboration with French curator, Camille Morineau, and designer, Constance Guisset, the contemporary exhibition, called “Solaire Culture”, is an immersive experience created to honour the past—the creativity, optimism, and boldness of Madame Clicquot who took over her husband’s champagne company at the age of 27. Company and historical artifacts including Madame Clicquot’s personal journal and antique bottles of champagne were on display throughout the exhibition.

And in celebration of the present and to cast hope into the future, the exhibition also featured the works of ten established and up-and-coming female artists of all different ages, who were tasked with reinterpreting brand milestones, and modernizing the female founder with striking contemporary artworks such as portraits, illustrations and sculptures. Artists featured include renowned Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama and London-based self-taught artist, Cece Philips.

On the third floor of the exhibition sits The Yellow Cafe, where guests can find champagne and expertly paired food options for purchase. In order to continue honouring Clicquot’s heritage of female entrepreneurship, all proceeds from the cafe will be donated to RE:Her, a national non-profit organization with a mission to empower and advance all women-identifying food and drink entrepreneurs.

Celebrities at the grand opening of Solaire Culture included Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot, Spiderman actress and model Laura Harrier, and Goop founder and Academy Award winner, Gwyneth Paltrow.

Solaire Culture will be open from October 26-November 17, 2022. All guests must be above 21 years old to enter.

View the gallery for highlights from the event. Photos courtesy of Veuve Clicquot