By Renee Lucas, April 26th, 2011
Ralph Lauren, best knows for his clothing that signifies pure Americana has more than just a soft spot for v-neck sweaters and riding boots. The designer can also appreciate the hard-bodied artistry of a car—and apparently owns a lot of them.
News to me, and news to most people who admire his work in both casual wear and gowns on the red carpet, Mr. Lauren will have 17 classic sports cars from his collection on display at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from April 28 to Aug. 28 of this year.
The exhibit, The Art of the Automobile: Masterpieces of the Ralph Lauren Collection will unveil an exclusively curated selection of his cars, including four that have yet to even be exhibited—Alfa Romeo Monza 8C 2300, 1931; Ferrari 250 LM, 1964; Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti, 1960; Jaguar XKSS, 1956/1958. The cars were selected for the exhibit by curator, Rodolphe Rapetti who aims to illustrate the evolution of car design in the 20th century. The show will highlight the finest-designed European automobiles from the likes of Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar and Ferrari that are synonymous with luxury craftsmanship and racing heritage.
Of course, Ralph Lauren isn’t just interested in the speed of these engines—these cars have served as inspiration for some of his most iconic pieces and the similarities are undeniable as you see the vehicles shown alongside the clothing they resemble.