Those familiar with the Palais Galliera know that it has been closed for renovations for 4 years, which is nearly the amount of time I’ve lived in Paris. The Alaïa retrospective is a fantastic selection for the re-opening of the museum. What makes it so special is that literally everything on display could be worn today and look just as current as it did at the time of creation, mainly the 80s. Most garments on display sculpt the body entirely, while even draped gowns attest to the couturier’s talent to accentuate a woman’s curves. And while Mr. Alaïa has often described himself as someone who makes clothes instead of fashion, a rare selection of African-inspired garments are also on display. While those are more trend-oriented, like the other Alaïa garments, they are just as relevant today as they ever were.
UNTIL Sunday January 26, 2014 – palaisgalliera.paris.fr/