Whilst visiting Paris for Fashion Week, I made time to visit the PALAIS GALLIERA MUSEE DE LA MODE. I simply could not pass up a chance to visit a museum dedicated to the art of fashion. Until the 26th of January, they are hosting an exhibit showcasing the genius of AZZEDINE ALAIA ; a collection that spans over 30 years. There is something to be said about the silhouette and shape of an ALAIA garment. The frocks are crafted to fit the body and drape so gracefully over the figure. He creates "garments that last", a concept that I wholeheartedly embrace. Knowing that Alaia and I share some of the same core values makes me proud to own a piece of his work.
The presentation consisted of five viewing rooms, each with a theme. Understandably, I was won over by the ball gown room. Let it be known that if I could wear a ball gown everyday, I certainly would. All the garments were accompanied by a label with a short description and date. My heart was particularly stolen by a frock that I'm sure wanted to come home with me. You could imagine my awe when I leaned in to discover that it had been crafted in 1981. How extraordinary that after more than 30 years, the piece still appears modern and relevant.
I was barely able to take one photo before I was told, "Ne pas photographier". What? No photographs!?!? But, it's Alaia! I sincerely hated to break the rules of the Fashion Museum, but... well, I had to take a few. In addition to a few photos, I also purchased the hard bound catalogue that accompanied the show. The text is in French and although I can not read it, I felt it was necessary to acquire a copy. The book is filled with black and white photographs of the couturier's work. As they say after all, a picture is worth a thousand words...
PHOTOS BY MY MOTHER