Belle à tomber

Today I went to see the exhibit of Ralph Lauren’s car collection at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, entitled L’Art de l’automobile. I’m not a car person, but I am a Ralph Lauren person. For these cars, however, I’d make an exception and be a car person, too. There are seventeen cars in all, representing all the big names, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Bently, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Porsche, McLaren, and several beautiful Ferraris – I can’t decide which was my favorite. They were really works of art – all fluid, sensual lines and restored with meticulous craftsmanship. The exhibit is open until August 28, 2011.

A documentary in one of the side rooms explained how Lauren’s love of cars affects his designs and feeds his creativity. The film was in English, with French subtitles. They translated the English expression “drop dead gorgeous” as belle à tomber (belle a tombay). That means that something is so beautiful that you will fall down. Less serious in the long-term than dying, but it conveys the same sense of drama.

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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