The exclusive two-night package puts Sofitel guests in the studio with Koerwyn for a half-day private painting workshop
In a New York first, Sofitel New York showcases the luminous aluminum dresses and paintings of groundbreaking artist Stephane Koerwyn
Launching on the first day of New York Fashion Week, Sofitel New York’s latest exhibition brings to light the revolutionary aluminum dresses and paintings of self-taught artist and sculptor Stephane Koerwyn. “When Art Becomes Fashion: From Canvas to the Runway” opens today and runs through October 21 under the patronage of The Consul General of France, Anne-Claire Legendre. It marks the groundbreaking French artist’s New York debut following globe-spanning shows in Dubai, London, Paris, San Francisco, Singapore, and Tokyo, as well as Washington, D.C., where he exhibited at the Embassy of France and the International Monetary Fund headquarters during the 2019 IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings.
Showcasing a number of Koerwyn’s one-of-a-kind dresses and canvas paintings, the exhibit’s setting in Sofitel New York reflects a perfect symbiosis—an exhibition that exudes French elegance and art de vivre displayed in a hotel that celebrates French art and culture in every aspect of the guest experience. Further elevating the experience for art aficionados will be a chance to watch Koerwyn paint live in the lobby for two hours a day, from September 9-12.
Two-night hotel package offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from the artist
Sofitel New York guests can unleash their own inner artist with a private, half-day painting workshop for two with Koerwyn—the highlight of a once-in-a-lifetime Art Becomes Fashion Package. The package includes a two-night stay for two people in one of Sofitel’s terrace suites, breakfast, a dinner with Koerwyn, and a painting session on the terrace of the suite overlooking the New York City skyline. Koerwyn will guide each guest through his process of painting on aluminum and will transform the two completed works into one mini dress that will be theirs to keep. The package is available for booking through October 31 and rates starts at $5,000 based on availability.
A triumphant return
While the Sofitel exhibit is Koerwyn’s first in New York, it marks the French artist’s triumphant return to the city that launched his artistic journey. After more than 20 years in senior marketing positions with multinational corporations, the Parisian sought to reconnect with his love for art through a series of painting classes and quickly impressed his instructors. A trip to the Big Apple to pursue his passion led him to Central Park, where he spent a day immersed in painting. By day’s end, he was drawing the attention of passersby eager to purchase his works. Koerwyn returned to Paris with a new resolve to make his passion his profession.
Having found his artistic voice, Koerwyn now pushes the barriers of the conventional art world, leaving the security of canvas to paint on aluminum sheeting, his brushstrokes playing masterfully on the reflective surface. Koerwyn then transforms the finished paintings into timeless and modern art dresses that symbolize the union of art and fashion. The detail and play of light in these works call for the mindful attention of viewers, inviting them to shift their visual perspective and indulge in a reflective exchange with the paintings.
Koerwyn’s exhibition launched today with a private fashion show held at Sofitel New York.
To reserve the Art Becomes Fashion Package, call 212-782-3013 (Monday-Friday) or email Daniel.Harpaz@sofitel.com.
About Sofitel New York
Sofitel New York, part of AccorHotels group, is a stylish Midtown hotel with a decidedly French accent in its contemporary décor, sophisticated artwork, brasserie cuisine and cosmopolitan service. It features 398 guest rooms, including 52 suites; function space that serves small-to-mid-sized events; and an outstanding restaurant, Gaby Brasserie Française. Sofitel New York is ideally located at 45 West 44th Street, affording easy access to Fifth Avenue and the Times Square Theater District. For reservations, call 212-354-8844 or visit www.sofitel-new-york.com.
Sofitel Hotels & Resorts is an ambassador of modern French style, culture and art-de-vivre around the world. Established in 1964, Sofitel is the first international luxury hotel brand to originate from France with almost 120 chic and remarkable hotels in the world’s most sought after destinations. Sofitel exudes a refined and understated sense of modern luxury, always blending a touch of French decadence with the very best of the locale. The Sofitel collection includes such notable hotels as Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg, Sofitel London St James, Sofitel Munich Bayerpost, Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Ipanema, Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour and Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort. Sofitel is part of Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique experiences in 4,900 hotels and residences across 110 countries.