Art & Fashion Featured

A selection of superb art and photography exhibitions not to be missed this season
by 15 September 2010

Le Petit Palais

If you happen to be in the 8th arrondissement between September 9th and February 27th, don't miss works by photographers Pierre and Alexandra Boulat (who just happen to be father and daughter) exhibited at Petit Palais. The parallel between their careers is particularly significant: Pierre was one of the first photographers to depict Yves Saint Laurent, whilst daughter Alexandra took some of the very last pictures of the legendary designer. While Pierre perfectly captured the essence of the swinging sixties with his snaps of American girls sporting miniskirts, his daughter recently wowed the photographic world with her pictures of young Afghan girls sporting burqas.

Similarly they both share a passion for current affairs. Pierre has documented the Algerian war and life in the shanty towns of Nanterre, whilst Alexandra reported on the Iraqi, Palestinian and Yugoslavian wars. Prepare to be blown away by this talented duo. Definitely not to be missed.

Le Petit Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill 75008 Paris
Tel. +33(1) 53 43 40 00
Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission free

Christian Dior Museum

We invite you to a place where dreams become reality: a place where time stands still. Since 1997, Christian Dior’s creations have been hidden away in Villa Les Rhumbs, the designer’s childhood home in Granville, which is situated about 2 hours outside Paris. ‘My life and my style are completely influenced by its beautiful location and architecture’ the designer once said about this house where he spent his childhood. Perched on the side of a cliff overlooking the English Channel, Dior’s ‘Belle Epoque’ style residence, which boasts a splendid English winter-garden, is now home to a remarkable and rare exhibition entitled ‘Le Grand Bal Dior’... but only until September 26th. There is no doubt that you will be blown away by the extraordinary selection of costumes, archival footage, gloves, headscarfs, brooches and sumptuous cravats, as well as a number of stunning pieces designed by Dior’s artistic designer John Galliano. What could be more chic than Normandy à la Dior?
Musée Christian Dior
Rue d'Estouteville 1, Villa Les Rhumbs, 50400 Granville
Tel. +33 (0)2 33 61 48 21
Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Could this be the ‘Ideal History of Contemporary Fashion’? If you can’t tell your Sonia Rykiel from your Kenzo and don’t know the difference between Karl Lagerfeld’s designs and Jean-Paul Gaultier’s creations, then come and find out for yourself at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs before October 10th for a lesson in modern fashion. Whether you want to be versed in the art of ready-to-wear according to Saint Laurent; marvel at Issey Miyake’s simple yet contemporary designs; be blown away by Thierry Mugler’s spectacular creations; be dazzled by golden bustiers and new wave silhouettes, or even see Inès de la Fressange sporting a shift dress for Castelbajac: the first of this “two-volume” fashion retrospective covers the 1970s and '80s while the second show (in the pipeline) will document the most influential fashion trends of the 1990s and 2000s. Don’t forget your pencil, rubber and sketch-pad.

Musées des Arts Décoratifs
107 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris
Tel. +33 01 44 55 57 50
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday until 9 p.m.