This beautiful entrance leads to the home of Edith Mezard. In all the years that I have either lived in or visited Provence regularly, I have been fortunate enough to be introduced to some fascinating women: strong, creative and vibrant, a reflection of the Provencal climate and colours that they love so much.
Edith Mezard is one of those ladies. She has lived in the south all her life, and for the past three decades in a beautiful home called Chateau de l’Ange, about an hour’s drive from Avignon.
Edith created a business embroidering linens. This activity didn’t come from a training in fashion, but simply from a love of textiles and beautiful workmanship.
Her charming store in the grounds of her chateau has become a byword for linens and beautiful accessories for the home. And now and again she hosts or co-creates one-off events.
Such is the case this summer, when she teamed up with Didier Ludot, an antiques dealer from Paris, to create a beautiful exhibition of vintage designer clothes.
I chatted with Edith about her temporary exhibition, and the word that came up more than any other was ‘fun’. She wanted this show to be a fun event, recreating different eras in Provence and in fashion in the south of France.
With Didier they chose to focus the show with themes around iconic women: Jackie Onassis in Capri, Brigitte Bardot in St Tropez, Anouk Aimée in Deauville. The result is lighthearted, elegant and totally drool worthy.
The floor of the show is actually covered in sand and visitors are encouraged to take off their shows and enjoy the feeling of being barefoot on the beach.
Edith, who normally wears only neutral colours, particularly appreciates the prints and patterned textiles that reappear, and which remind her of her childhood growing up in Provence.
And the really great news is that all the pieces on display are available to purchase. Either by going to the show in person (it runs until end September) or by contacting Edith and purchasing on line. As well as the vintage clothes, there are also bags, scarves and shoes available for sale.
If you’d like to see more images then check our Edith’s Instagram HERE, and click HERE for a short video of the show, and HERE for the link to Edith’s website and instructions for finding the Chateau des Anges at Lumieres.