We couldn’t resist the temptation to treat ourselves with an oh-so-glam Parisian trip when we heard the Palais Galliera was reopening its doors after four years of renovations. And there’s certainly a good reason why Paris’ most famous fashion museum is back on the cultural scene thanks to its tribute to legendary designer Azzedine Alaïa, titled Mr Alaia by Olivier Saillard, the curator of the exhibit and the director of the museum.
Alaia, our style sensei couturier and artisan, graduated as a sculptor at the renowned Fine Art school in his native Tunis and eventually moved to Paris in the ‘50s for embrace his real calling. Paris was the ideal couture platform for fashion devotees and his work with soft leather and sculpting sought the attention of his famous clients including Louise de Vilmorin, Arletty and Greta Garbo. His made-to-measure designs and jersey techniques were visionary for the 1960s and 70s. “When I’m working on a garment, it has to flow over the body, in profile and in back view,” says Alaia.
The minimal space rolls out its marble carpet for the exhibition where 72 iconic exquisite dresses stand. Amongst the show stoppers is the glimmering mini-dress once worn by Tina Turner, dripping with metallic beads, a Josephine Baker–inspired black bra and miniskirt, favored by Naomi campbell and the infamous bandage dress, inspired by Egyptian embalming techniques. Immerse yourself into the world of the fashion maestro at the Palais Galliera’s exhibition that’s on until 26 January.