Klaus Biesenbach Will Join Former French ‘Vogue’ Editor Carine Roitfeld in Conversation

Roitfeld with Marc Jacobs. (Courtesy FIAF)

Klaus Biesenbach, director of MoMA PS1 and chief curator at large at the Museum of Modern Art, will be interviewing former French Vogue‘s editor in chief, Carine Roitfeld, on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m., at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) about her creativity and inspiration. The talk, which is going forward as planned—a feat post-Sandy, to be sure!—is part of FIAF’s Art de Vivre series, Creative Leaders, for which the cultural center has invited influential French and American leaders in the fields of gastronomy, style and architecture to discuss their artful practice. Mr. Biesenbach is stepping in for Stefano Tonchi, the editor in chief of W Magazine, who is unable to make the event.

“This series presents important influencers shaping our cultural environment today,” said Melissa Ceria, curator of the Art de Vivre program. “We want to open the conversation so that they can tell their story and share their creative vision with our audience.” The series has featured Shake Shack’s Danny Meyer and will also feature starchitect Bernard Tschumi on Nov. 14.

Ms. Roitfeld, the fashion visionary and former model, fashion writer and stylist, who last year published a book about her career, entitled Irreverent, is starting up her own magazine, CR Fashion Book. With Mr. Biesenbach in tow, it’s sure to be a lively cross-cultural discussion.