As I’ve gushed to you before on the blog, La Vie Française really has a lot going for it! But whilst my highlights mainly focused on the delish food and drink (probably why I’ve gained about a stone since being here), avid blog reader Esme Jones pointed out the cultural benefits too.
Paris is home to some of the best museums and galleries in the world; The Louvre, Musée D’Orsay and the Pompidou Centre to name but a few. All of which are free for the main exhibitions if you’re under the tender age of 26.
There is also an array of less famous, but no less beautiful fashion museums and exhibitions on throughout town all year round. This summer the Museum of Decorative Arts is hosting an exhibition of coveted British/ Turkish Cypriot designer Hussein Chalayan’s spectacular works, and last saturday I went for a peek at the beautiful designs.
A graduate from the celebrated Central Saint Martins, his innovative designs combined with his quest for technical perfection have lead him to work at the forefront of fashion, collaborating with everyone who is anyone, including the fashion diva herself, Lady Gaga. (Anyone remember the ‘vessel’ that was basically an oversized egg? Yep, that was him!)
The exhibition showcases the complex design world, in which clothing, installations, fashion shows, projections and research are shown to illustrate Chalayan’s distinctive process and is well worth a visit if you’re in Paris this summer!
Having lived in Paris for almost 6 months now, I’ve been lucky enough to visit a lot of great museums and galleries, my favourite so far being Musée de l’Orangerie. Where have you been and what has been your favourite exhibition?
Les Arts Décoratifs 107, rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris – tel. : 01 44 55 57 50 http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/
Hussein Chalayan, Récits de Mode, from 5 July 2011 to 13 November 2011