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Azzedine Alaïa Exhibit in Paris

  {Musée Galliera}

As a fashion lover I’ve always admired the creations of Azzedine Alaïa, and once I heard there was an exhibit of his work at the Musée Galliera I added it to my list of must-dos while in Paris. This was a bit out of the ordinary for me as this trip I’ve avoided the museums. I’m embarrassed to admit that most museums bore me to the point that an extreme lethargy overcomes my body. But I really wanted to see Alaïa’s pieces in person, so I headed out determined to overcome my museum narcolepsy.

The museum itself is beautiful with Ionic columns, statues and white marble everywhere. When you enter the exhibit the first room is darkly lit with walls painted a deep red above dark wainscoting trim. The lack of light is momentarily disconcerting, then as your eyes adjust the beauty of the exquisite gowns takes over your vision. The lack of adornment in the rooms {70 pieces in 4 rooms} is akin to Azzedine Alaïa’s creation; he studied nude bodies and created pieces that focuses on the body and structure of the garment rather than unnecessary adornment.

The garments are displayed in the center of each room to allow the pieces to be circled and admired from all directions, and they are on clear forms that follow the lines of each piece of clothing; this looks amazing because it creates the idea that these sculptural pieces are floating effortlessly and nothing distracts from the beauty of each piece {I stared at a silk and lace lingerie-inspired short gown for over 10 min before prying myself away}. Azzedine Alaïa was quoted as saying “I am not in the fashion world. I am here for women. That they be beautiful is an obsession of mine“.  This statement is evident in his garments and in his preferred method of working; he does not advertise and for confidentially purposes he prefers a private salon over a shop to meet his clients and friends.

If you’re planning a visit to Paris from now until January 26, 2014 it’s worthwhile to spend an hour or so of your day to see this exhibit. It’s also conveniently located near the Eiffel Tower {about 5 minutes walk}. More info on the exhibit hours, etc. available here.

{Eiffel Tower seen from the back steps and garden of the Musée Galliera}

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