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Saint-Tropez

In the late 19th century, the little fishing port is discovered by the painter Paul Signac who depicts its ocre and pink fronts that reflect in a blue sea that makes one with the sky. In the 1930s, it’s the writer Colette who falls in love with the tranquil village that has also seduced André Derain and Henri Matisse. Postwar, Saint Tropez becomes the home of Saint Germain des Prés intellectuals: Françoise Sagan, Juliette Gréco, Boris Vian and the Buffet couple lead la dolce vita while Paul Eluard and Pablo Picasso amusingly recreate Edouard Manet’s Déjeuner sur l’Herbe on the beach, on a hot august afternoon. But soon Saint Tropez will be propelled into legend thanks to a film and a rising sex symbol. In 1955, And God Created Woman is being filmed in the village, Roger Vadim and Brigitte Bardot launch the reputation of the holiday resort as well as its iconic beach and restaurant, the Club 55. When audiences discover the film, they also want their piece of glamour and invade Saint Tropez to have a sneak peak of the actress’s intimacy who lives in La Madrague while the jet set settles in luxurious homes. Since, Saint Tropez has adorned itself with sulfurous airs and crazy nights that resonate with a ‘sea, sex and sun’ anthem. Yet it’s not all bling and tacky, Saint Tropez has remained a charming and photogenic port for those who search past the clichés - as Colette once wrote: ‘I know Saint Tropez. It still exists. It exists for those who get up at dawn.’

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Alain Delon and Brigitte Bardot.
Alain Delon and Brigitte Bardot.
 Alain Delon and Romy Schneider, 1969.
Alain Delon and Romy Schneider, 1969.
Anna Karina.
Anna Karina.
Annabel and Bernard Buffet.
Annabel and Bernard Buffet.
Audrey Hepburn.
Audrey Hepburn.
Bernard Buffet, St Tropez, le port.
Bernard Buffet, St Tropez, le port.
Birthday dinner, St Tropez 1974.
Birthday dinner, St Tropez 1974.
Brigitte Bardot.
Brigitte Bardot.
Brigitte Bardot and Alain Delon.
Brigitte Bardot and Alain Delon.
Brigitte BArdot and Gunter Sachs, 1967.
Brigitte BArdot and Gunter Sachs, 1967.
Brigitte Bardot and Sacha Distel, 1958.
Brigitte Bardot and Sacha Distel, 1958.
Brigitte Bardot and Samy Frey, 1963.
Brigitte Bardot and Samy Frey, 1963.
Brigitte Bardot by Willy Rizzo, 1956.
Brigitte Bardot by Willy Rizzo, 1956.
Brigitte Bardot on a Riva Junior, 1968.
Brigitte Bardot on a Riva Junior, 1968.
Brigitte Bardot, 1958.
Brigitte Bardot, 1958.
Brigitte Bardot, ca 1950.
Brigitte Bardot, ca 1950.
Brigitte Bardot.
Brigitte Bardot.
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Serge Gainsbourg, Kate Barry and Jane Birkin on holidays.
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Serge Gainsbourg, Kate Barry and Jane Birkin on holidays.
Françoise Sagan by Sieff, 1956.
Françoise Sagan by Sieff, 1956.
Françoise Sagan, 1955.
Françoise Sagan, 1955.
Françoise Sagan, 1958.
Françoise Sagan, 1958.
Françoise Sagan, Juliette Greco at the Club 55.
Françoise Sagan, Juliette Greco at the Club 55.
Jean Seberg and Françoise Sagan, 1957.
Jean Seberg and Françoise Sagan, 1957.
Lady Diana by Patrick Demarchelier.
Lady Diana by Patrick Demarchelier.
Mick Jagger in St Tropez, 1971.
Mick Jagger in St Tropez, 1971.
Pablo Picasso.
Pablo Picasso.
Roger VAdim and Jane Fonda.
Roger VAdim and Jane Fonda.
Romy Schneider on The Swimming-pool set, 1969.
Romy Schneider on The Swimming-pool set, 1969.
Cecil, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, on the set of Performance, 1968.
Cecil, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, on the set of Performance, 1968.
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