The Fashion Industry Reacts To Notre Dame Fire

16 April 2019
Fashion, Paris, Notre-Dame
Image: Colin Schmitt
The 850-year-old Gothic cathedral in the heart of the French capital suffered immense damage on Monday evening.

Members of the fashion industry took to social media to express their sadness as the world famous Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed in flames late on Monday afternoon, eventually resulting in the collapse of the building’s roof and iconic spire.

Paris is the city that birthed haute couture – it’s arguably the highlight of fashion week – with the luxury sector one of the most important industries for France’s economy.

The city understandably remains close to the hearts of those working in fashion. It’s the home of heritage houses Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Balmain, Lanvin, Cartier and Celine.

Unsurprisingly, the industry was amongst the first to pledge support in the rebuilding of Notre-Dame, with Bernard Arnault, the CEO of LVMH pledging almost $226m towards the cause.

Meanwhile, members of the fashion world united in solidarity via their social feeds. Some wrote about personal memories, some just a single word, some just an image, all united in their grief for one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in the world. Here are just some of the reactions.

Clare Waight Keller, artistic director of Givenchy

Watching the terrible news as I head through PARIS and see the horrendous flames from Notre Dame.

Karla Otto, founder of Karla Otto PR

Naomi Campbell

Notre Dame - SO SAD.

Riccardo Tisci, chief creative officer of Burberry

Feeling deep sadness for what is happening right now at Notre Dame, a place which holds a big space in my heart. I send all my love and support to all those impacted #loveyou #paris

Jon Kortajarena

I am very sad that Notre Dame is on fire. One of the most emblematic symbols of Paris, of France. Its construction began in the year 1163 and was completed in the year 1345.

All lovers of beauty and history regret this terrible event.

This monument burns part of the experiences lived by so many generations that have contemplated and admired it. They burn romantic, spiritual and hopeful memories ...

Anthony Vaccarello, creative director at Saint Laurent


Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris

for PARIS our heart is burning for Notre Dame. for our LADY, full of grace born in 1163, she is PARIS

Olivier Rousteing, creative director of Balmain

Paris 4.15.2019
A day to remember ...
Le drame de notre dame