"The secret alchemy of a collection". Such is the title of the current exhibition, curated by Olivier Saillard and presented at the Azzedine Alaïa foundation, in the Marais.
Alaïa bought the building, former "Hôtel des évêques de Beauvais" in 1987 and moved there with his lifetime partner Christoph von Weyhe, in 1991. It was both his new work place and home. He received the inspiration for his first collection in his new atelier, there. This summer 1992 collection is precisely the subject of the installation I saw today and which I absolutely love.
I didn't remember that Azzedine Alaïa designed so many pieces inspired by the XIIIe century, with gowns and lace corsets. I found out that Alaïa took inspiration from Madame de Pompadour who lived in the premises when she a young girl named Jeanne Antoinette Poisson. Isn't amazing!
39 creations are presented and they are all so elegant and sexy! The design, the shapes, the materials... This collection was absolutely fantastic. If you come to the Marais, you definetely should stop by.
Until January 6th, 2019
Azzedine Alaïa Foundation
18 rue de la Verrerie - 75004 Paris
Monday to Sunday, 11am to 7pm (entrance: 5€)