Dear Shaded Viewers,
May 19th Paris is opening up a bit and we are beginning to see that crack of light. Azzedine Alaia Peter Lindbergh is curated under the direction of Benjamin Lindbergh and Olivier Saillard. The exhibition opens to the public May 20th Thursday to Sunday November 14th. The hours are 11 am – 19h pm.
Due to COVID19, this is its first exhibition in 2021. Throughout the years Peter Lindbergh and Azzedine Alaia worked together sharing a similar approach to women and fashion. Azzedine loved black and Peter’s photographs celebrated black and white photography. Lindbergh said that the black and white was used to signify his search for authenticity in the faces he brings to light. Alaia draws on monochrome to create his timeless garments, sculptures for the body. Both the men shared a taste for grand horizons, whether of the Mediterranean or of the North, and where the use of solid blacks often creates a complicit dialogue.
“Through the years simultaneously, Alaia became the architect of bodies, revealing and unveiling them, while Lindbergh distinguished them by shining a light on their soul and personality.”Both of the creators chose to erase themselves in order to reveal the others.
The documentary “Great Photographers/Peter Lindbergh” give a behind-the-scenesinsight into the emblematic 1986 story shot in Le Touquet.
When Azzedine died on 18 November 2017, the creator’s dearest wish was that this place would continue to live on.
Founded in 2007 in Paris, the Azzedine Alaïa Foundation was recognised as a public utility foundation on 28 February 2020.
In January 2018, the exhibition “Je suis couturier” paid tribute to him.
Since then, twice a year the Foundation presents fashion exhibitions featuring his personal collection.
In November 2018, the Foundation opened a bookshop and a café where it organises book signings, readings and conversations.
The Foundation aims to preserve, show and share this immense heritage with students.
Fondation Azzedine Alaia
18 rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris