Beginning on September 27th, the Palais Galliera in Paris will host an extraordinary exhibition titled "Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier Collector" (Exhibition Link). The showcase will display a curated selection from Alaïa's extensive archive, which he meticulously collected from 1968 until his death.
The late fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa, known for his impeccable tailoring and innovative designs, was also an avid collector of iconic fashion pieces. His collection encompasses an astounding 20,000 works, featuring designs from fashion legends like Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paul Poiret, Jean Patou, Gabrielle Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, and Alexander McQueen, among others.
Olivier Saillard, the director of the Fondation Azzedine Alaïa, carefully selected 140 ensembles for this particular exhibition. The works displayed will cover an extensive range of fashion history and styles, from the revolutionary to the classic.
The exhibition offers an intimate look into the influences and inspirations that shaped Alaïa’s career while paying homage to the designers who came before him. It provides visitors with a unique opportunity to understand fashion not just as garments but as a continuous dialogue between designers across generations.
Don't miss this extraordinary gathering of fashion history, which will run until January 21st of next year. It promises to be an enlightening experience for fashion aficionados, historians, and anyone interested in the evolution of design.