Art Azzedine Alaïa, couturier and collector

Photographer Quentin de Ladelune

After a decade since his retrospective at the Palais Galliera, Azzedine Alaïa (1935-2017) is once again in the limelight with an exhibition showcasing his impressive collection of over 20,000 pieces that he amassed throughout his career.

Alaïa was not only an exceptional cutter but also a passionate collector, starting with pieces acquired from Cristóbal Balenciaga in 1968.

The collection documents the history of haute couture from the late 19th century to contemporary creations by designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander McQueen.

The exhibition, which features 140 exceptional pieces, is a rare opportunity to see Alaïa’s collection, which he kept secret throughout his life. Visitors can also view three stage costumes designed by Henri Matisse for the Ballets Russes in 1919 in the Salle Matisse at MAM, opposite the Palais Galliera, highlighting the connection between fashion and art that was important to Alaïa.

Curators: Miren Arzalluz (Palais Galliera director) and Oliver Saillard (Fondation Alaïa director), assisted by Alice Freudiger. Exhibition in partnership with Fondation Azzedine Alaïa.


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