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Discreet insights into Pigozzi's famous pool parties in Antibes

Sharon Stone. Copyright Jean Pigozzi The multimillion-dollar jet setter, businessman, art collector and philanthropist Jean Pigozzi has been throwing unforgettable pool parties at his villa in the south of France during the Cannes Film Festival for years. Guests like Sharon Stone, Woody Allen, Tony Bennett, and Jane Fonda have all graced his Villa Dorane on the Cap d’Antibes with their presence — forever immortalised by Pigozzi's camera. 

Many of the world's A-listers and Pigozzi’s personal friends have been documented in a private portfolio ‘Pool Party’. The book contains more than 100 iconic and unpublished shots from Pigozzi's personal archives featuring: Elizabeth Taylor, Dennis Hopper, Calvin Klein and Bernardo Bertolucci, but also Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas and Helmut Newton, Naomi Campbell and Elle Macpherson, to name a few. 

Villa Dorane, decorated by the late Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass, plays the perfect backdrop for his creations. The impressive estate was decked out with bright colours, eccentric art, and life-size sculptures along with an organically shaped pool. It is said that for every black and white pool picture, Pigozzi charges 4,500 euros, with a maximum of 15 copies, of which he keeps two for himself. 

Xin Li Zoog. Copyright Jean Pigozzi Pigozzi’s success started early with his parents car manufacturing company Simca founded in 1934 which was later sold to Chrysler. Today, the eminent business man has created his own swim wear collection Limoland and is the proud owner of an exclusive collection of modern African art. 

 

Claire Davis