Exhibition 06.24.2024 - 01.12.2025


Lightness in creation
Curated by Carla Sozzani and Olivier Saillard

shiro kuramata, how high the moon, steel mesh armchair, 1986 ph. DR

How high is the moon is a steel mesh armchair created and designed by Shiro Kuramata in 1986, and one of the pieces that Azzedine Alaïa chose to include when expanding his collection from the 2000s onwards. "To escape the chiffon", the facetious couturier liked to say, appreciating Kuramata's lightness, humour and relationship with sculpture that they both shared.

"The biggest problem, explained the Japanese designer, is gravity, and we need to think of a way to erase it." With a parsimony that aims for perfection, his creations are sharp responses to the harmony of things and objects.

Azzedine Alaïa, Long dress in gold viscose knit with horizontal stripes and circles embroidered with glass beads ph. Andrea&Valentina

An unconditional admirer, the couturier devoted an exhibition here in 2005 to Shiro Kuramata, who died in 1991. Twenty years later and for the first time, the Azzedine Alaïa Foundation once again wished to celebrate one of the greatest designers of his time by bringing together a rigorous selection of the couturier's dresses and fashion creations. Gathered according to impressions of materials, shapes or common spirits, the lurex knit of a refined dress responds to the knitted metal of a seat, the transparent acrylic of a maze-like shelf resonates in the spidery muslins of a haute couture design.

More than twenty exceptional pieces of furniture and objects by Shiro Kuramata (1934-91) are on show. The exhibition features almost twenty haute couture creations by Azzedine Alaïa, with their poetic shapes, radical cuts, subtle colours and refined transparencies. With their infinite lightness, the works brought together face to face affirm their shared desire for abstraction, which was anything but virtual.

All the creations and works presented by Shiro Kuramata and Azzedine Alaïa come from the collections of the Azzedine Alaïa Foundation.

shiro kuramata, Laputa, 1991 ph. DR


The Foundation offers guided tours of the current exhibition at 18 rue de la Verrerie in partnership with the cultural mediation agency Des Mots et des Arts  which organizes tours led by professionals specializing in fashion history. They offer visitors an overview of the current exhibition, the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa, as well as the location’s history and architecture.