Azzedine Alaïa honours the museum

For over 30 years he has been on the fashion scene, without really being part of it. Far from the diktats of the fashion world, the master of style, Azzedine Alaïa, is being honoured by a major retrospective this autumn.

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After 4 years of restoration, it was important to celebrate the re-opening of the Galliera museum in style. The Paris fashion museum decided upon one of the most legendary designers of Paris haute-couture, Azzedine Alaïa. For its return to the forefront of the cultural scene, the Galliera museum is devoting an exhibition to this “enfant terrible” of elegance.

Terrible thanks to his outstanding originality … having never given way to the pressures of the luxury industry, preferring to work at his own rhythm, with his sense of perfection and elegance that made his models references in the merciless world of fashion. The 70 outfits are displayed in a scenography, created by Martin Szekely, and retrace the story and career of this maestro of the needle and scissors, whose outstanding cuts were the mark of his brand. An meticulous art that created living sculptures out of dresses.

An architect and sculptor

Clothing as a second skin … Alaïa’s fashion was as glamourous as it was sexy and worked with the thoroughness and deftness of an architect or sculptor. That was the magic of Alaïa … to sublime women by emphasizing all the beauty of curves, such as those of Greta Garbo, Arletty and Louise de Vilmorin, or again Tina Turner, Naomi Campbell, Sofia Coppola, and he has recently designed the costumes for the latest ballet by Angelin Preljocaj.

He who dressed these goddesses of beauty has now entered into the realm of legend. But he doesn’t hesitate to criticize the other two legends in the fashion empire, Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld. As he says himself “I make clothes, women make fashion”.

From September 28th to January 26th