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Paris Photo Week Draws Fashionable Crowd

PARIS — With a host of off-calendar exhibitions springing up around town, Paris Photo week drew a fashionable crowd to the four corners of the French capital.
It kicked off at the Association Azzedine Alaïa, which is hosting an exhibition of Iranian artist Shirin Neshat’s project “Looking for Oum Kulthum.” Her images and short films inspired by the legendary Egyptian singer drew guests including Manolo Blahnik, Sarah Moon, Dominique Issermann, Louis Vuitton’s Camille Miceli and fashion historian Olivier Saillard.
“Azzedine was obsessed with Umm Kulthum since his childhood,” said Carla Sozzani, president of the Azzedine Alaïa Foundation. “Every Thursday night, his grandfather tried to catch Egyptian radio, so it was the first voice he heard, and he was singing all the time in his atelier — working and singing Umm Kulthum.”
Alaïa and Neshat met a few years ago and had dinner in the kitchen of his headquarters in Paris, before watching a video of Kulthum performing at the Olympia in Paris in 1967. “She wanted to ask him to do a dress for the film, but he never did,” Sozzani said.
The videos will be shown next in Alaïa’s home in Sidi Bou Said in his native Tunisia, for an exhibition commemorating the

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