Paris Fall 2013 Cultural Events

Richard Nahem, an ex-New Yorker living in Paris, leads private insider tours showing visitors the Paris most of them never see on their own (, and also writes a popular insider's blog



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Paris has an exceptional multitude of cultural events happening this fall and below is a list of some not to be missed. 

Azzedine Alaia 
The celebrated but very private fashion designer Azzedine Alaia is having his first retrospective at the newly renovated fashion museum Palais Galliera. Seventy-four of Alaia’s most iconic garments are displayed spanning the early 1980s when he first started his own line up to the present and includes dresses and gowns worn by Naomi Campbell, Tina Turner, Grace Jones, and Rhianna. Considered more of a couturier than a designer, Alaia has strived to elevate the female form with his impeccable draping and tailoring.

Le Palais Galliera 
10 avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie, 75116
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10AM -6PM

Yousuf Karsh: Icons of the Twentieth Century

In his decades long career in the 20th century, Yousouf Karsh photographed some of the most important figures of his time, including politicians, movie stars, celebrities, artists, and dignitaries. Curator and Director of the Estate of the Yousuf Karsh, Jerry Fielder has put together over 70 photos of French and American luminaries, including many from Karsh’s Life and Paris Match magazine covers. Frank Lloyd Wright, Alfred Hitchcock, Grace Kelly, Christian Dior, Dwight Eisenhower, and Charles de Gaulle are among the striking portraits. 

October 16-January 26 
The Mona Bismarck American Center 
34 Ave. de New York, 75116
Open Tuesday to Sunday 11AM-6PM

A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival 
Diane Pernet, the high priestess of international fashion bloggers and style icon in her own right, is launching the 6th edition of her popular film festival dedicated to fashion and beauty. Invited to show at the prestigious Pompidou Center, this year boasts a tribute to photographer filmmaker Larry Clark and also a series by fragrance creator Serge Lutens. Filmmakers and subjects include Bruce Weber, Ellen Von Unwerth, Vincent Gagliostro, Carter Peabody, Shirley Maclaine, Bettina Rhiems, Hussein Chalayan, mike Figgis, David Sims, and Chloe Sevigne. 

October 11,12,13 
Centre Pompidou, 75004

Chantecler Tango
The seductive world of Mora Goddy’s tango is back in Paris. After mounting successful shows in 2008 and 20011, she is back with her latest musical. Chantecler takes place in the Chantecler Café in Buenos Aires circa 1930s, where the bar’s famous patrons including musicians, dance to the tango beat. 

October 9 – November 3 
Theatre du Chatelet
1 Place du Chatelet, 75004


Desirs et Volupte 
From the Perez Simon Collection, comes a look back at the English painters who created risqué works under the 19th century reign of Queen Victoria. Artists Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Sir Frederic Leighton Edward Burne-Jones, Albert Moore, Albert Moore, Henry Payne, and Charles Edward Perugini, among others, dedicated themselves to decorative and poetic paintings with female nudes harkening back to the Pre-Raphaelites. 

Jacquemart-André Museum
158 Bd. Haussmann, 75008
Open every day 10AM-6PM, Monday & Saturday till 8:30PM