Brooklyn Museum is paying tribute to avant-garde designer Pierre Cardin, who currently is the center of a newly-opened exhibit, by recreating the designer’s world-famous restaurant Maxim de Paris as a culinary pop-up experience at The Norm.
Throughout the run of the exhibit Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion, Brooklyn Museum’s 80-seat full-service restaurant will be reimagined as Maxims at The Norm, complete with a visual and gastronomical transformation. Maxims de Paris has been owned by Cardin since 1981 and is widely regarded as the worlds most famousand expensiverestaurant; the culinary institution has attracted gourmands from all over the world for the last 126 years.
Executive Chef Saul Bolton and Andy Mejias, The Norm’s chef de cuisine, have designed a menu for Maxims at The Norm as an ode to French cuisine in general and a homage to Maxims in particular. The menu features French classics such as Gougères, Steak Frites and Marquise de Chocolat, and highlights contemporary versions of dishes inspired by Maxims de Pariss cookbook, Chez Maxim, including Salade Lyonnaise, Poulet Rôti aux Pêches, roast chicken with grilled peaches, and Chocolate Profiteroles.
Cocktails inspired by the life of Pierre Cardin were created by Loriana Sanabria for Maxims at The Norm. The revamped cocktail list features the Le Costumier, or The Costume Maker, a spirited creation with champagne, St. Germain, gin, lemon juice, hibiscus lime syrup, which is a reference to Cardins penchant for designing costumes and masks for the theater. Other cocktails are a nod to one of Cardin mens collection, The Cylindre, and his time as a tailor for Christian Dior, The Tailors White Sangria.
To make the transformation complete, The Norms ceiling has been painted in Maxims de Pariss signature deep burgundy, while the bar now boasts the gold that has become a distinctive part of Maxims globally recognized logo. One wall provides glimpses of the art nouveau masterpiece that is the interior of the restaurant, while another has been re-fashioned as Maxims famed exterior on Pariss Rue Royale.
Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion, which opened on July 20, traces the iconic designers seven decade-spanning career, his efforts to push the boundaries of the industry and democratize high fashion for the masses. With over 170 objects that date from the 1950s to the present, including haute couture and ready-to-wear garments, accessories, photographs and film, the exhibit shows how the designers bold aesthetic had an influence that extended beyond fashion to furniture, industrial design and other spheres.
Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion and Maxim’s at the Norm will run through January 5, 2020.
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