Palais Galliera, Paris,
28 September 2013-26 January 2014.
ALAÏA will be the first major retrospective of the celebrated designer to be held in Paris and also the inaugural exhibition to be presented in the newly refurbished Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de Paris. The exhibition promises to trace Paris-based designer Azzedine Alaïa’s artistic trajectory with a selection of over seventy of his iconic creations.
Born in Tunisia, Alaïa moved to Paris in the late 50s, working in the tailoring atelier of Guy Laroche, before setting up his own workshop in 1964 at Rue Bellechasse where he created couture garments for private clients. Feted by influential fashion editors, Alaïa presented his first collection in 1981 and soon became internationally known for his body-sculpting sheaths cut in in leather and stretch jersey. These trademarks continue to define the designer’s work, developed through extensive technical research and presented outside of the traditional fashion calendar.
The exhibition scenography is conceived to echo the solemn, palatial architecture of the ceremonial Palais Galleira interiors. Through the minimal intervention of architectural platforms and subtle lighting, Alaïa’s work will be displayed to enhance its innate sculptural qualities. The exhibition continues in the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, where pieces by Alaïa can be viewed in juxtaposition with work by Henri Matisse and Daniel Buren.
Curated by Olivier Saillard, scenography by Martin Szekely.
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Azzedine Alaïa, Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2003. Photograph © Paolo Roversi/Alaïa.
Illustrations © Aurore de la Morinerie, 2013.