This is an Alaïa

I was fortunate to attend the press opening of the Alaïa exhibit at the Palais Galliera, which opened about three months ago in Paris. At the time, I was 9 months pregnant, which was a bit ironic since Mr. Alaïa is as much of a sculptor as he is a couturier, and at the time I’d rather not imagine myself in his body conscious creations. The timeliness of this post is tardy due to the aforementioned changes in my personal life, however the subject addresses one of the the most timeless designers of our time.

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.

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Palais Galliera
10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie 75016 Paris

UNTIL Sunday January 26, 2014 –

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