Rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée, tout se transforme

I read an article in Le Monde today about the upcoming monograph about Christian Louboutin. It’s published by Rizzoli and scheduled to be released on October 25, 2011. While considerably less than the price of a pair of Louboutins, the glossy picture book is not exactly cheap. I loved the story about how he came up with the red sole. When he was examining one of his first pairs of shoes, he felt that something was off about it. He reached for his assistant’s scarlet nail polish, painted the sole, and the shoe was transformed.

Today’s expression, rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée, tout se transforme (reeN nuh suh pear, reeN nuh suh cray, too suh trahnsform) is a saying by Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier, an 18th century chemist. It means, “nothing is lost, nothing is created, all is transformed.” He may have been talking about chemical reactions, but a great pair a shoes is pretty darn transformative, too!

Christian Louboutin

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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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