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Alaïa and Balenciaga – Sculptors of Shape

Start Date 20 January 2020
End Date 24 September 2020
Venue Fondation Azzedine Alaïa
Location Paris, France
Curator Olivier Saillard
An exhibition view of three black lace bolero-style jackets are shown against a softly lit white backdrop.
I was fascinated by the dresses by Balenciaga, the master. The bodices, the seams in the back, the roundness in the shoulders…I wondered how they held their shape, what magical cut of clothes could create such effect. I wanted to understand the mystery of the clothes and I would redraw them, imagining the bone structure that lay beneath.
Azzedine Alaïa

Photography by Stéphanie Aït Ouarab