Olivier Saillard was appointed as director of the Musée Galliera Paris in 2010. The historic museum, which has been closed for renovations since 2010, and re-opened in September 2013 with an Azzedine Alaïa retrospective curated by Saillard.
The actual surface area is rather small (500m2), but this works in the exhibition’s favor: as Saillard points out, these dimensions allow it to be “more concentrated, more focused” on the garments—the presentation was as minimal and regal as the pieces themselves. There was 74 dresses altogether: the designer asked Saillard to do a first pick, which Alaïa then whittled down and edited, restoring the pieces in the final selection so they would be at their most beautiful.
The second exhibition was about fashion in the 1950’s. this defining fashion exhibition had the era’s most iconic French Couture pieces on display as well as items taken from the museum’s archive. Over 100 models and accessories retrace the evolution of the female form from 1947 to 1957, from the birth of the New Look to the death of Christian Dior and the rise of Yves Saint Laurent.
A new exhibition about Jeanne Lanvin’s work will last from March 8th to August 23rd, 2015.
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