Paris in March – what’s on?

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In our minds, Paris in March doesn’t present us with the same adventurous choices as it does in summer. However, when we started looking into what was happening in our favourite city, even we were just a little surprised by the range of things to do.

So allons-y, and start to feel some fresh excitement pour le mois de mars!

Be classically French at ‘Yves Saint Laurent 1971: The Scandal Collection’

What is it? 

Yves Saint Laurent took on a reputation of being somewhat daring with this collection. Presented in 1971, the collection included daringly short dresses (for this particular era), chunkier platform shoes, and square shoulders.

This exhibition will focus on such fashion, portraying exactly why Yves Saint Laurent is now so bien connu, despite his unfavourable reception at the time. In fact, after releasing the collection, he was forced to take a short career break to allow the scandal of such ‘outrageous’ clothing to die down.

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Where: Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, 5 Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris, France.
When: 19 March – 19 July.
Métro: Alma – Marceau.

Chercher le garçon

What is it? 

This exhibition asks some important and pertinent questions. Principally, the focus is:

« Qu’est ce qui définit la masculinité aujourd’hui ? Et comment proposer des alternatives à la figure du mâle dominant dans la société patriarcale ? »

(“What defines masculinity today? And how can we offer alternatives to the dominant male figure within a patriarchal society?”)

Frank Lamy has invited over 100 male artists to find answers to and reflect on just such questions through several art mediums. This includes photography, video, installation, painting and sculpture. It promises to be fascinating…

Where: Place de la Libération, Vitry-sur-Seine, 94404.
When: 7 March – 30 August.
Métro: Villejuif – Louis Aragon.

Because you can never be too fashionable – exposition Jeanne Lanvin

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What is it?

Jeanne Lanvin is another (extremely) well-known name in the French world of fashion. Her career was incredibly inspiring, and she was one of the first designers to do four seasons. What’s more, by 1920, she had 1200 people working for her in-house.

This exhibition has been curated by Alber Elbaz, and will portray the designer’s astonishing career through the use of over 100 vintage pieces.

Where: Le Palais Galliera. 10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Rue de Galliera, 75016.
When: 8 March – 23 August.
Métro: Iéna.

A musical connection – expo Pierre Boulez

What is it? 

Le Musée de la musique is choosing to celebrate the life and work of composer Pierre Boulez in this exhibition, marking the importance of the connections he made with literature and the visual arts.

Boulez worked and socialised with others whose names you will surely recognise, including Stravinski, Claudel, Michaux and Artaud. This exhibition will focus on several of his key works, such as ‘Deuxième Sonate’, ‘Le Marteau sans maître’, ‘Pli selon pliRituelRépons’, and ‘Sur Incises’.

Where: Musée de la musique. 221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019.
When: 17 March – 28 June.
Métro: Porte de Pantin.

One for the food-lovers – omnivore festival

What is it? 

Omnivore is a festival that will prove perfect for the foodies among us. It travels the world; visiting London, Rio, Mexico, and many more major cities around the globe. This month it’s in Paris, celebrating ‘jeune cuisine’, and comme toujours, there will be creative chefs and food artisans on stage.

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They’ll be sharing their ideas, allowing each of us to whip up something delicious and delectable. The stages are divided into savoury, sweet and artisan…

Where: Maison de la Mutualité. 24 Rue Saint-Victor, 75005.
When: 8 – 10 March.
Métro: Maubert – Mutualité.

So, what do you make of Paris in March? Any other amazing plans to share? Let us know in the comments below!

Image credits:
1. Avenue Carnot – Étoile by Dimitri B, via Flickr.
2. AspenPeak.
3. Ziegfeld Folly Muriel Finley models Jeanne’s designs, 1928 by Kristine, via Flickr.
4. Omnivore Food Festival, by Paris by Mouth, via Flickr. 

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Judy MacMahon

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