Alaïa / Grès. Beyond fashion – Fondation Azzedine Alaïa


After a meeting between the creations of Balenciaga and Alaïa, the Fondation Azzedine Alaïa now showcases the couturier’s work side by side with that of Madame Grès. These two couturier-sculptors of fabric are virtuosos in the creation of volumes.

Azzedine Alaïa and Madame Grès had in common their work on bias and the creation of pleats. Applying these techniques to model volumes, they create pleats and designs that are intimately linked to the garment’s structure. The skillful constructions lead to silhouettes of apparent sobriety, but with magnificent effects of movement.

The sixty or so models by Madame Grès presented in this exhibition are part of Azzedine Alaïa’s collection of over 20,000 pieces by previous couturiers. A parallel exhibition dedicated to Azzedine Alaïa’s collection is on show at the Palais Galliera.


Until February 11, 2024