With Louise de Vilmorin there were many things to learn, and intellectually it was marvellous. She would pick up a book and read it to me when we’d go off travelling together. Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa ph. Lord Snowdon, 1990

Azzedine Alaïa had a real passion for books, and he collected them in the same way that he collected works of art and the garments of the great couturiers that he admired.

He had overseen himself every detail of the creation and publication of his book ALAÏA, featuring a cover by his friend, the painter Julian Schnabel. From Bruce Weber to Paolo Roversi, from Peter Lindbergh to Helmut Newton, the whole Alaïa universe is to be found in this very complete work, as well as images recounting moments of his life. A perfectionist when it came to books, just as he was in his work as a couturier, all of the photographs were taken especially for this book. He would change the selection of photographs every week, if not every day… he was never satisfied…. The creation of this book took almost ten years to complete before finally being published by Steidl in 1998.

Since then, a number of other books have followed, on subjects as varied as art, fashion, and photography, as well as the catalogues accompanying each exhibition in collaboration with Actes Sud, under the direction of Donatien Grau.

“Prendre le Temps” or “Taking Time” is the most recent publication by the Foundation, published by Rizzoli New-York. Azzedine Alaïa had conceived this project with Donatien Grau, thanks to whom the final book was able to come to fruition.

I accumulate books and I don’t have the time to read them. I dream of hiring someone to read to me. That would be truly the meaning of luxury, to have my own reader.

For its first exhibition of 2021, the Foundation is proud to celebrate two great talents who made history in photography and in fashion. The works of Peter Lindbergh and those of Azzedine Alaïa have been brought together and dialogue with one another in a community of spirit that has never weakened.

The following exhibition will be devoted to the history of Azzedine Alaïa from his arrival in France to his breakthrough 1982 New York show.

coming soon: Alaïa Afore Alaïa

Unveiling the history of Azzedine Alaïa before his milestone 1982 show, this book explores the growth of one of fashion’s most enigmatic icons. Azzedine Alaïa (1935–2017) was regarded as a genius of contemporary fashion. Edited by his closest friend, Carla Sozzani, this new volume explores Alaïa’s early life and career, from his native Tunisia and 1956 arrival in Paris, to his breakthrough 1982 New York show. From apprenticeships to encounters with Paris’s artistic, literary, and society crowds, this book pays homage to Alaïa’s creative evolution. This unique volume delves into rare archival materials, private photographs, and prominent publications to powerfully illustrate the fascinating journey of a fashion legend. Written by Laurence Benaïm, fashion expert, with texts by Olivier Saillard, French historian specializing in fashion and director of the Azzedine Alaïa Foundation and Carla Sozzani, co-founder and president of the Azzedine Alaïa Foundation.

Peter Lindbergh and Azzedine Alaïa, the photographer and the couturier, were unitedby their love of black, a love that they would cultivate alike, be it in silver print or in solidcolor garments. This book celebrates the two great talents who made history in
photography and in fashion.

azzedine alaïa, peter lindbergh exhibition catalogue - 2021

In 2020 the Azzedine Alaïa Foundation celebrates Azzedine Alaïa and Cristóbal Balenciaga with many silhouettes selected and presented for the first time together, the work of one master of cut face to face with another, both equally skilled.

The year before the Foundation gallery showed the creations of Azzedine Alaïa in dialogue with the creations of Gilbert Adrian. Monsieur Alaïa was a fervent admirer of the work of Adrian, who worked as a costume director in Hollywood during the golden age of cinema of the 1930’s.

This exhibition shows how the taste for timeless elegance, the quest for style before fashion, and the perfection of cut, can be passed on between two great couturiers.

The previous exhibition was devoted to the story of an unprecedented collaboration in the world of fashion, with the “Tati collection”. Azzedine Alaïa created a collection inspired by the popular vichy canvas awning fabric, proving that there are no materials are unworthy of attention.

alaïa and Balenciaga: sculptors of shape exhibition catalogue - 2020

This original catalogue presents an analysis of the works of Alaïa and Balenciaga as well as more historical texts concerning the lives and career paths of the two great couturiers.

adrian and alaïa : the art of tailoring exhibition catalogue - 2019

For the first time the designs of Azzedine Alaïa converse with those of Gilbert Adrian.
Legendary American couturier, Gilbert Adrian was the costume director for Metro Goldwyn Mayer in Hollywood during the ‘golden age’ of cinema of the 1930’s. His work became synonymous with Hollywood glamour.
This exhibition shows how the taste for timeless elegance, the quest for a certain style before fashion, the perfection of cut, can be passed on from one great couturier to another though separated by decades and continents.


Another way to look at fashion : the Tati Collection exhibition catalogue - 2019

Azzedine Alaïa’s Spring-Summer 1991 is today better known as the “Tati collection”.

The couturier had effectively created a collected in the emblematic pink and white Vichy check awning canvas of the popular low price store in Barbès. The Alaïa-Tati print collection is now considered to be a major realization in fashion history.


azzedine, bruce, joe - 2018

The friendship of Azzedine, Bruce, and Joe goes back to the early 1980’s, along with many stories and photographs found in this book. The collection of pictures is an homage to Azzedine made by friends that Azzedine admired and to whom he was very close.

The book, conceived as a cherished project of Azzedine in 2017, is the story of time and friendship between three people who loved and admired each other. Few months after his death, Bruce and Joe dedicate it to this friendship and their abiding love for Azzedine.

In 2017 the Azzedine Alaïa gallery hosted two exhibitions, the first was dedicated to the work of Pascalejandro, the result of the collaboration between Alejandro Jodorowsky the filmmaker and poet, and Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky, the painter, photographer, and costume and set designer.

The second honored the work of Richard Wentworth, who spent two years documenting life behind the scenes at the couture house of Azzedine Alaïa.

pascalejandro, alchemical androgynous exhibition catalogue - 2017

Pascalejandro is an artist in his own right, the result of the close collaboration between Alejandro Jodorowsky (the line) and Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky (the color).
Extending the exhibition edited by Azzedine Alaïa, this catalogue brings together for the first time all of his work. In the course of the pages we will discover a vivacious work, traversed by mythical, metaphysical references.


richard wentworth à la maison alaïa exhibition catalogue - 2017

For three years Richard Wentworth follow Azzedine Alaïa in his studio and in the Alaïa house. With discretion he knew how to immortalize the life of this couture house and give a new and very personal vision, a kind of mapping of this immense space in the Marais and the world of the couturier.
“Sewing is not just a medium : it’s a world to read and write, that Richard Wentworth, with Azzedine Alaïa, invites us to discover.” Donatien Grau


In 2016, the Azzedine Alaïa gallery hosted successively four important exhibitions:

“Between art and fashion, photographs from the collection of Carla Sozzani”, presented for the first time at the Azzedine Alaïa gallery, some 200 photographs spanning from the 19th century to present day, selected by Fabrice Hergott from the collection of Carla Sozzani.

“Claude Parent, Drawing fashion” exposed another facet of the great architect Claude Parent, who began his career working as an illustrator of fashion. From the summer of 2015 to February 2016, he had undertaken a series of fashion drawings inspired by the creations of Azzedine Alaïa.

“Pierre Guyotat, la matière de nos œuvres “, exhibited his texts and drawings in dialogue with the works of visual artists such as Miquel Barceló, Daniel Buren and Jean-Luc Moulène.

Between art & fashion, photographs from the collection of Carla Sozzani exhibition catalogue - 2016

The exhibition «Between Art and Fashion» at the Azzedine Alaïa gallery, presents for the first time nearly 200 photos from the Carla Sozzani collection and selected by Fabrice Hergott. Photographs from the 19th century to the present day, from Man Ray to Helmut Newton, from Moholo-Nagy to Francesca Woodman, from Daido Moriyama to Alfred Stiegliz:a vision of the world, of woman, of beauty.

With more than 350 pages in uncoated paper, the book features the reproductions of all the pictures, a foreword by Azzedine Alaïa, a conversation led by Fabrice Hergott with Carla Sozzani, and seven essays by some of international contemporary critics and scholars like Barbara Carnevali, Germano Celant, Emanuele Coccia, William A. Erwing, Donatien Grau and Jean Louis Scheffer.

claude parent, dessiner la mode exhibition catalogue - 2016

It is a little-known fact that the legendary architect began his career as a fashion illustrator.

From the summer of 2015 to February 2016, Claude Parent had undertaken a series of fashion drawings inspired by the creations of Azzedine Alaïa ; these ink drawings, reworked with his grandson Laszlo Parent, are traced over by a silver line which highlights the forgotten oblique dynamic of the garment, are each an attempt to understand an art that he considered to be not far removed from his own – an art of living.



Pierre Guyotat, la matière de nos œuvres exhibition catalogue - 2016

Under the direction of Donatien Grau, this catalogue dedicated to the eponymous exhibition of 2016 at the Azzedine Alaïa gallery is the result of a major collaboration with the National Library of France, where the Pierre Guyotat archives are kept.

This book testifies to a fertile dialogue between the texts of the writer Pierre Guyotat and the works of artists such as Miquel Barceló, Paul McCarthy or Jean-Luc Moulène.
Book and exhibition have thus made it possible for the first time to highlight the extraordinary source that the work of this author represents for French and international artists.

In 2015, the Azzedine Alaïa gallery exhibited the visual work of Adonis, one of the greatest living poets, with ninety illustrations and texts to accompany and shed more light on the works displayed.

This publication will be followed by the book accompanying the exhibition « Kris Ruhs, Hanging Garden ».

In the course of that same year, the Association Azzedine Alaïa and Carla Sozzani Editore published two superb catalogues to accompany the exhibition “couture/sculpture” at the gallery of the Villa Borghese in Rome.

A. L'œuvre graphique d'adonis exhibition catalogue - 2015

This book invites the reader to enter into the secret of the creation of Adonis, one of the greatest living poets:the visual work. Since the late 1990s, the poet has brought collages, calligraphy and objects to the world. The exhibition traces nearly twenty years of creation with eighty illustrations and texts to explain and accompany:a long conversation of Adonis with Azzedine Alaïa and the artist Adel Abdessemed exposes the universe of forms that inhabits the poet,critical essays put this work into perspective.

This catalogue, published on the occasion of an exhibition organized by Azzedine Alaïa, is the first of the couturier with Actes Sud.

hanging garden, kris ruhs exhibition catalogue - 2015

With “Hanging Garden”, Kris Ruhs presents a holistic installation of some forty-five thousand pieces of porcelaine and copper, all made by hand.

The catalogue, published by the Azzedine Alaïa Foundation and Carla Sozzani Editore, includes numerous views of the installation, a conversation with the artist, and a critical essay by Donatien Grau.

azzedine alaïa couture/sculpture exhibition catalogue - 2015

The exhibition “couture/sculpture” offers a dialogue between the “flexible sculptures” of the great couturier Azzedine Alaïa and the Greco-Roman-inspired sculptures that are exhibited in the gallery of the Borghese villa.
The sensuality of feminine haute couture is exposed in the midst of the naked bodies of Bernini and other prestigious sculptors.

azzedine alaïa couture/sculpture exhibition catalogue - 2015

Azzedine Alaïa’s creations are exhibited at the Galleria Borghese among the masterpieces of great Renaissance masters such as Bernini, Titian and Caravaggio.