Alaïa Is Just In Time For Paris Couture Week

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A new exhibition on Azzedine Alaïa has opened in time for Paris Couture Week. The exhibition is on Alaïa’s Pompadour Connection Collection.

The collection was named after royal courtesan Madame de Pompadour after moving into the building where she lived as a young woman, according to a 2018 Women’s Wear Daily report.

According to a 2018 Women’s Wear Daily report, “The Secret Alchemy of a Collection,” showing at the designer’s headquarters in the city’s Marais district until Jan. 6, focuses on the first collection he designed after moving there in 1991. Alaïa discovered that the historic building had once been home to Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, the future Madame de Pompadour, chief mistress of King Louis XV.

Accordingly, his spring 1992 collection incorporated elements of 18th-century dress, with pannier skirts rendered in white eyelet cotton and jackets inspired by men’s redingotes. Saucier nods to palace intrigue included a leather corset belt in laser-cut white leather, and stretch dresses with “lady garden” intarsia motifs, according to a 2018 Women’s Wear Daily report.

It’s the latest in a series of exhibitions organized by Carla Sozzani, a close friend of the designer, following his death last year. Olivier Saillard, who curated the show, said it was timed to coincide with the recently reissued Assouline book dedicated to the collection, according to a 2018 Women’s Wear Daily report.

“It’s very Alaïa, very Eighties — even if it’s 1992 — and it’s also very Pompadour, because there’s a lot of broderie anglaise, perforated leather, plunging necklines,” he said. “There is also an 18th-century inspiration in the long white dresses, which are like the undergarments that women wore under their dresses. Azzedine had a passion for white shirts from different eras.”

His favorite look was a white eyelet corset top and ruffled skirt originally worn by Christy Turlington. “It looks like whipped cream,” he said with a smile. “It reminds me of a dancer by Degas. I think it’s cute as pie.”

I tend to focus my attention outwards and am drawn to the external world of action. I learn a lot about the world through experience. Focusing on what I have seen, heard, or touched, gives me the ability to develop a practical and realistic outlook on the world. Making decisions based on impersonal criteria like principles and logic is very important to me.I accept responsibility for my actions. When I succeed, I accept the satisfaction of the achievement, and if I do fail at something, I learn from it and do better next time. I feel confident in my abilities and am accepting of myself. I have good time management skills. I am able to fit the most important things in life into my schedule. I have a strong sense of goal commitment.

  • Maya Asregadoo

    Is it horrible that I only know of Alaïa because of Clueless? It’s interesting that such prominent brands can be reduced to being known through movie references in only a few decades.

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