The fantastic Alaïa exhibition at the Palais Galliera in Paris is coming to an end on 26th January. The first Paris retrospective, presented in the museum’s newly renovated gallery space and in the Matisse room at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, is composed of 70 iconic models retracing the incredible career of Azzedine Alaïa.
Born in Tunisia in 1940, Alaïa is a highly regarded fashion designer who began his career in the middle of the 1980s. His reputation became worldwide when A-List celebrities such as Grace Jones, Tina Turner and Farida Khelfa wore his dresses and were photographed for the front cover of various fashion magazines.
This exhibition presents 70 of Alaïa’s elegant and flawlessly cut dresses from the beginning of his career up to the recent years. The use of figure-hugging zippers, the inclusion of eccentric ethnic creations and a room set against Matisse’s ‘Nymph’ murals are all awaiting your discovery.
This spectacular journey of Alaïa includes several collaborations with famous models, actresses and even the singer Rihanna – the bright red chiffon dress that perfectly emphasizes yet masks Rihanna’s body shape. Personal highlights of the exhibition include the dramatic black crocodile skin tailcoat, made in 2003, that fits the female’s body like a glove. Other highlights include bubble shaped skirts that accentuate the waist; the bandage-without-bondage stretch dresses in a Grecian style and his fur coats with inspiring meticulous attention to detail. All the dramatic masterpieces compress and embrace the female silhouette; Alaïa is not only a highly renowned couture designer but also a brand with creation and he has transformed the design to another innovative level in the industry.
‘If a designer is someone who reshapes the body, so today there is only Azzedine who knows how to do that, his clothes are hugs for girls’ reveals Olivier Saillard, fashion historian of the Galliera Museum.
Alaïa is a true visionnaire with creative genius, his famous quote stated indeed: “A woman is like an actress: always on stage. She has to be beautiful and feel good. Her clothes should be a part of her; she should feel them on her body. I prefer people to notice the woman and not her clothes. Her face, her body, her hands – the clothes she wears should dress her, underscore her qualities and make her beautiful.”
Finishing on the 26 January make sure you don’t miss out on this spectacular once in a lifetime exhibition!
10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie,
Paris 16e, 75116 Paris
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
Late Night Thursday open until 9pm
Closed on Mondays
Metro: Alma-Marceau (line 9), Iéna (line 9), Boissière (line 6)
RER C station Pont de l’Alma.
For more info: http://www.palaisgalliera.paris.fr/expositions/alaia
by Hsin-I Chi & Joanna