Exhibition 01.23.2023 - 08.20.2023

azzedine alaïa, arthur elgort. Freedom.

Curated and directed by Carla Sozzani and Olivier Saillard

Arthur Elgort and Grethe Holby Elgort, New York City, 1987. Autumn-Winter collection, 1987 ph. Arthur Elgort

Together, Azzedine Alaïa and Arthur Elgort shaped the 1980s. While the fashion designer was seeing
his ideal woman finally embodied in the streets and by the ever-increasing number of clients,
the photographer was leaving the studios, opening the windows: making the city and its movement
the new setting of his photoshoots. Both actively contributed to the renewal of the representation of a woman becoming more and more assertive, determined, and independent.

  • Christy Turlington, New York City, 1987. Autumn-Winter collection, 1987 ph. Arthur Elgort

  • Christy Turlington, New York City, 1987. Spring-Summer collection, 1986 ph. Arthur Elgort

  • Christy Turlington, New York City, 1987. Spring-Summer collection, 1986 ph. Arthur Elgort

Timeless photographs which have become essential to the fashion iconography of the couturier as well
as more secret ones, constitute a unique exhibition in Paris. It is a dedication to photography and fashion, whose revival Alaïa and Elgort orchestrated. The exhibition creates a dialogue between thirty photographs by Arthur Elgort and original models by Azzedine Alaïa.

  • Naomi Campbell and Azzedine Alaïa, Paris, 1986. Autumn-Winter collection, 1987 ph. Arthur Elgort

  • Naomi Campbell and Azzedine Alaïa, Paris, 1986. Autumn-Winter collection, 1987 ph. Arthur Elgort

  • Naomi Campbell and Azzedine Alaïa, Paris, 1986. Autumn-Winter collection, 1987 ph. Arthur Elgort

  • Veronica Webb and Azzedine Alaïa, Paris, 1986. Spring-Summer collection, 1987 ph. Arthur Elgort

  • Rue de la Verrerie, Paris, 1987 ph. Arthur Elgort

Models after the Show, Paris, 1986. Spring-Summer collection, 1987 ph. Arthur Elgort

GUIDED TOURS OF THE EXHIBITIONS

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.

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