vintage fashion with edith mezard in provence

by Sharon Santoni

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.

clothes displayed at chateau des anges summer show

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.

jewellry displayed at chateau des anges summer show

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.

clothes Jackie in capri


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.

clothes displayed at chateau des anges summer show

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.

jewellry displayed at chateau des anges summer show

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.

clothes displayed at chateau des anges summer show

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.


Suzanne August 27, 2018 - 10:39 am

How stunning! Wish I could go see this.

Trudy August 27, 2018 - 10:41 am

I love how the floor is covered in sand!! That is such a neat idea.

Jeanne August 27, 2018 - 11:12 am

I’ve already heard great things about Edith Mezard. We’ll be in Avignon later in September, so I’ve told my husband this is one of our day trips!

Mireille August 27, 2018 - 11:13 am

J’adore le Chateau de l’Ange, j’y vais à chaque fois que je visite la region!

Jane Mckinnis August 27, 2018 - 11:15 am

Sharon, do you know how I can find out the prices on some of the things in your photos? I particularly love that big Chanel necklace, but I have no plans to visit France this year, so I need to know if they will ship?


Jane McKinnis

Sharon Santoni August 27, 2018 - 11:38 am

HI Jane

Yes, if you would like to contact Edith via her website contact page, then she’ll give you all the information. I know that everything is for sale, and that Didier Ludot is one of the Paris antique dealers specialising in vintage couture


Lucy Geller August 27, 2018 - 11:43 am

Thanks so much for sharing Sharon. What a beautiful exhibition.

Vicky (from Athens) August 28, 2018 - 1:48 pm

What a great post this morning! The clothes are beautiful – timeless, for sure – and the jewelry is exquisite! I would love to see the exhibit in person. Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl August 28, 2018 - 3:20 pm

After following Vicki Archer and her talented photographer and owning all their books -what a gift to discover her blog this morning! I’m just sorry it took so long. After three intense years of cancer treatment I am looking for things that make me feel beautiful again and this discovery has done that. Thank-you for being a part of my recovery and discovery of being a woman again

Victoria Savu August 28, 2018 - 3:22 pm

Love vintage clothes. Thank you for sharing. Have trouble finding vintage clothing here but I am always looking.

Sharon Santoni August 28, 2018 - 4:13 pm

So glad you enjoyed it Victoria. Her exhibition truly is stunning. best Sharon

Deborah August 28, 2018 - 5:09 pm

Enjoyed the stories & photos. I went to her website to read about her, but it was only in French with no translation that I could see. But, again the photos were gorgeous! Thank you!

The Enchanted Home September 2, 2018 - 2:27 pm

So gorgeous….everything!! I always say it, everything seems prettier and tastier in France:)


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