A Bespoke Guide to Paris - Autumn

The City of Light sparkles no matter the time of year, but just as the leaves begin to turn and autumn rolls into town, events like Fashion Week and FIAC! arrive. From September onwards, visitors to the city can enjoy new museum openings, centenary celebrations and world-class horse racing, to name but a few calendar-worthy happenings. Stay ahead of the curve and get your tickets early with the help of this guide to the best events in Paris this autumn.

Christian Dior Exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs


Celebrating the 70th anniversary of fashion house Christian Dior, this six-month retrospective features designs by the legends of French fashion, including Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, John Galliano and Raf Simons. Presenting over 300 dresses that stretch back from 1947 (when Dior presented his debut collection) until the present day, this is haute couture at its very finest.

5th July 2017 – 7th January 2018

Les Arts Décoratifs, 107, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Pariswww.lesartsdecoratifs.fr

Derain, Balthus, Giacometti at the Musée d’Art Moderne


Examining the friendship of three exceptional 20th century artists, this exhibition begins with a glance at the figurative tradition, continues to themes of landscape and cruelty, before settling on a dreamlike world and the tragedy of time. Drawing on some of the world’s largest private collections, viewings promise to be challenging and enchanting in equal measure.

2nd June – 29th October 2017

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 11 avenue du Président Wilson – 75116 Paris |  www.mam.paris.fr

David Hockney at the Centre Pompidou


Nearly 20 years after his Paris debut, Hockney returns to the French capital this summer for a major retrospective. Famous for its avant-garde complex, the Pompidou devotes itself to the artist’s paintings, photographs, engravings, prints and drawings in a grand display of over 200 works. Rather than focusing only on Hockney’s early works, much of the exhibition is dedicated to more recent pieces, in which he uses several technical tools, from iPhones to iPads.

21st June – 23rd October 2017

Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris | www.centrepompidou.fr

Opening of Montaigne Avenue’s boutiques on Sunday


Shopaholics rejoice! Since the start of the year a decision by local government has meant one of the city’s most glamorous shopping streets is now open for business on Sundays.

Open now

Avenue Montaigne, 8th arrondissement, Paris

Portraits by Cézanne

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Personal and masterful, the portraits of Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) make up a significant portion of the artist’s output during his illustrious career, having painted almost 200, at least a quarter of which were of himself or his wife, Hortense Fiquet. Portraits at the Musée d’Orsay examines Cézanne’s portraits chronologically, taking a close look at how his sitters influenced his work.


13th June – 24th September 2017

Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris | www.musee-orsay.fr

Paris Design Week


Over 180 venues across Paris will host the numerous events, exhibitions, installations, product launches and talks that form the 7th annual Paris Design Week. Visitors hoping to discover new talents and brands should look to the The Now! Le Off exhibition in particular, which will showcase over 100 at Les Docks, Cité de la Mode et du Design for four days during the fair.

8th – 16th September 2017

Various locations around Paris | www.maison-objet.com

Così Fan Tutte


A double cast of dancers and singers will bring Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte to life at the Palais Garnier this autumn. Choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is behind this ambitious, harmonious pairing, crafting a performance that visually reflects the story of two pairs of young lovers having their lives upended by challenges, tricks and seduction.


12th September to 21st October 2017

Palais Garnier, 8 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris | www.operadeparis.fr

Irving Penn

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American photographer Irving Penn would have turned 100 in 2017; in tribute and in partnership with The Met in New York, the Grand Palais will present an exhibition of over 200 of his photographs Simple, yet evocative, his work – particularly his fashion portraits – made him one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century.


21st September 2017 – 29th January 2018

Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris | www.grandpalais.fr

Paris Fashion Week

New York. USA - September 8, 2014: Paparazzi hunt for stylish young people on the streets of New York. Street style urban residents during New York fashion week. During this period, local residents and visitors dress up in their best clothes and show them on the streets for photographers

The Spring/Summer 2018 collections are set to arrive in Paris during Fashion Week this autumn. With shows, events and legions of the fashion world’s elite descending on the City of Light, there’s more than a little inspiration to revitalise your wardrobe for the new season.


26th September – 3rd October 2017

Various locations around Paris

Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe


Out of the 15 races that make up this year’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, nine are Group 1, the highest level in horse racing. With world-class thoroughbreds and jockeys readying for the competition, it’s sure to be a high-octane weekend of racing, which will be held – for only the second time in the 96-year-old competition’s history – at Chantilly Racecourse, an hour outside of Paris.


30th September – 1st October 2017

Chantilly Racecourse, Avenue de la Plaine des Aigles, 60500 Chantilly | www.billetterie.france-galop.com

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris


Open to the public from the beginning of October, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris offers visitors the chance to walk in the lauded couturier’s footsteps. Yves Saint Laurent’s studio and salon will be open to visit, and the exhibition space, fashioned by set designer Nathalie Crinière and decorator Jacques Grange, has been designed to embody the look and spirit of the haute couture house.


From October 3rd 2017

5 Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris | www.fondation-pb-ysl.net

Picasso 1932

CH3056455 The Dream, 1932 (oil on canvas) by Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973); 130x97 cm; Private Collection; Photo © Christie's Images; Spanish,  in copyright

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An extraordinary undertaking, Picasso 1932 encompasses one full calendar year of the artist’s life. 1932 was a crucial year for Picasso, during which he created some of his best-known works, including The Dream. The exhibition guides visitors through the year month-by-month, showcasing over 100 works – from paintings to sculpture – that Picasso created during that time.


10th October 2017 – 11th February 2018

Musée National Picasso-Paris, 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris | www.museepicassoparis.fr

FIAC! (Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain)


Spread over four days, the FIAC! International Art Fair is an annual excuse to indulge in and explore some of the world’s best contemporary art. Over 180 international galleries will exhibit works in the Grand Palais for the 44th edition of the fair, while the Petit Palais and the Avenue Winston Churchill will play host to numerous installations and sculptures.


19th – 22nd October 2017

Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris | www.fiac.com

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