27 september 2023 - 21 january 2024
Ten years after the major retrospective devoted to him at the Palais Galliera, Azzedine Alaïa (1935-2017) is back in the spotlight with an exhibition showcasing the remarkable heritage collection he amassed over the years, and which has never been exhibited before.
Azzedine Alaïa was a virtuoso cutter. His technical skills steemed from his deep admiration for the couturiers of the past and from his long experience with the clients he so expertly served.
Alaïa was also an exceptional collector. He started in 1968 with some exquisite pieces acquired when Cristóbal Balenciaga closed his fashion house. He found studying the haute couture creations of the Spanish master enthralling and it led to a passion for the history of his own discipline..
Alaïa collected over 20,000 pieces documenting the art of his predecessors, from the birth of haute couture in the late 19th century to pieces by some of his contemporaries. He was the world’s foremost collector of some of the most prestigious couturiers, including Worth, Jeanne Lanvin, Jean Patou, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Madame Grès, Paul Poiret, Gabrielle Chanel, Madeleine Vionnet, Elsa Schiaparelli and Christian Dior.Contemporary creation is represented by pieces by Jean Paul Gaultier, Comme des Garçons, Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler and Yohji Yamamoto....
The exhibition features some 140 exceptional pieces tracing the history of this priceless collection, which Alaïa built up in total secrecy. Nobody saw it during his lifetime, neither in France nor elsewhere.
To conclude their tour, visitors are invited to cross over to the Salle Matisse in MAM, opposite the Palais Galliera, Three stage costumes designed by HenriMatisse for the Ballets Russes in 1919 are on display there − typical of the dialogue between fashion and art so dear to Azzedine Alaïa.
Miren Arzalluz, director of the Palais Galliera
Oliver Saillard, director of the Fondation Alaïa, assisted by Alice Freudiger
Exhibition organised in partnership with the Fondation Azzedine Alaïa
Combined ticket with « Fashion on the move »: 15 € (full price), 13 € (reduced price), free for under-18s
Tariff partnership :
Visitors with an Azzedine Alaïa Foundation ticket will benefit from a reduced rate of €13 at the Palais Galliera.
Visitors with a ticket for the Palais Galliera will also benefit from a reduced rate of €7 at the Azzedine Alaïa Foundation.
Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de Paris
10, Avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie, Paris 16th
. En métro : line 9, Iéna or Alma-Marceau
. En RER : line C, Pont de l’Alma
Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm. Late opening Thursdays until 9pm. Closed Mondays and 25 December and 1 January
AROUND THIS EXHIBITION
. Catalogue : Edited by Miren Arzalluz and Olivier Saillard - Editions Paris Musées - Price: 39€