Today, I would like to talk to you about Azzedine Alaïa’s exhibition. The Palais Galliera reopens with this exhibition. The Palais Galliera is the museum specialised in fashion in Paris for those who didn’t know. I love the work of Azzedine Alaïa and I have to admit that I am more than happy that the Palais Galliera shows his work. According to me, he is one of the designer who illustrates properly the parisian and french style.
Homage to the parisian fashion
The fashion museum pays tribute to this designer who knows how to illustrate and embody the parisian chic and elegance without being so extravagant. Azzedine Alaïa’s dresses are a kind of model of femininity and sensuality. He understands, he interprets the body to really make it perfect. He knows how to give the « parisian touch ». This exhibition has been created as he is still alive and I think this is a very good idea. He can really enjoy his exhibition and really understands all his work so far to have an objective point of view. The Palais Galliera shows 70 of his creations to really put in highlight all his work. Then we can really understand his artistic and fashion world. All his creations are showed with some paintings from Matisse or Daniel Buren around. We can see « La Danse ou Lutte des Nymphes » or « La Danse inachevée » : the paintings seem to « dance » with the dresses, fashion and art are completely linked…
The designer of the women
Arletty, Greta Garbo, Michelle Obama, Rihanna, Naomie Campbell, Linda Evangelista and others : Azzedine Alaïa knew (and still knows) how to understand the woman’s body. Each of his dress turns into a jewellery for the body. Azzedine Alaïa started his artistic work as a sculptor. We can really feel and see this inspiration through his creations : his silhouettes are sculpturals.
I’ve already noticed this sculptural inspiration when I’ve been in Paris to see the exhibition Paris Haute-Couture. According to him, to mould the woman’s body is like sculpting. We have to admit that when we have a look at his dresses, we really need to be skinny to wear them. His dresses are so thin and close-fitting that it’s really difficult to wear them. What I really appreciate in the work of Azzedine Alaïa ? We can really see the hard work he did to turn a dress into a jewellery for the body. The dress seems to be perfect for the body who will wear it, like a ring for a finger. Besides, Azzedine Alaïa works directly on the body of the women to be sure the dress really « sticks » to the skin. This “jewellery-dress” perfects a body with some defaults. Azzedine Alaïa fix it : cheeks built-up, dress scooped out, more lenght for one side… The clothe talks with the body of the women to really make it perfect. The woman Alaïa appears like a jewellery full of elegance and sensuality.
If you haven’t gone yet to this exhibition, I recommend you to make a trip to Paris to see it (and the beautiful Paris too !). This exhibition is on until the 26th of January 2014. It is very special as it’s the first one to celebrate the work of a designer still alive. As he knows how to sculpt the silk, the leather, the wool, the muslin, I hope Azzedine Alaïa will know how to sculpt your eyes (as he did it with me) to make you understand his creations…