An Exhibit Honoring Azzedine Alaïa Is Opening in January

An Exhibit Honoring Azzedine Alaïa Is Opening in January

The exhibit will pay tribute to Azzedine Alaïa during the January Haute Couture shows.

The exhibit will pay tribute to Azzedine Alaïa during the January Haute Couture shows.

Text: Danielle Combs

This morning in Paris, news spread with the announcement that Maison Alaïa would be forming Fondation Alaïa at 18 Rue de la Verrerie, the iconic building where the late and great designer Azzedine Alaïa lived and worked. The space will now serve as a curated exhibition to celebrate the designer’s legacy.

An exclusive exhibit curated by Olivier Saillard will honor Alaïa’s heritage and devotion to creating exceptionally beautiful garments for women—which will officially be open during next month’s Haute Couture collections. The show will be titled “Azzedine Alaïa: Je Suis Couturier,” and will serve as a true homage to the designer, featuring 35 pieces that will emphasize his famous eveningwear and never-before-seen pieces that boldly display Alaïa’s work as a true French couturier. As Alaïa once said, “My obsession has always been to make women beautiful. When you design with that idea in mind, nothing can go out of fashion.”

The new Fondation Alaïa will serve as more than just an exhibit and will house the designer’s love for all things fashion, art, design, architecture, music, and theater. Founded in 2007 by Alaïa, his partner Christoph von Weyhe, and his longtime friend Carla Sozzani, the eponymous association will be “housing all the treasures of the Maison and its designer,” and additionally, will have regular exhibitions that touch upon fashion history and a library devoted to “research and development.” Additionally, grants will also be awarded to young and aspiring designers in the industry, a fitting and innovative way to remember a designer always at the top of the fashion game.

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