AN ICONIC COLLABORATION
This timeless duo shaped the visual culture of the 1980s and 1990s. Designer Azzedine Alaïa and photographer Peter Lindbergh met back in 1979. After having both left their native country – Tunisia for Alaïa and Germany for Lindbergh – they became friends and found a professional harmony where they were able to collaborate and share their passion and ideas. For years, the designer’s dark, sculptural creations were enhanced by the eye of his friend Lindbergh, famous for his black and white shots.
Both artists shared a commitment to simplicity of form, and a deep appreciation for the beauty of women that they celebrated through their creations. Today, their fruitful collaboration is still both relevant and inspiring, and it is the very source of a powerful display in Paris.
Bringing together 80 photos and 32 items of clothing, this new black & white exhibition will be on display at the Azzedine Alaïa Foundation in Paris, from May 20 to November 14, 2021. It showcases a double perception of the garment and its universe : through the eyes of fashion design, and through the eyes of photography. Directed by Benjamin Lindbergh, the son of the photographer and Director of the Peter Lindbergh Foundation, and fashion historian Olivier Saillard, “Alaïa becomes the architect of bodies, he reveals and discovers them, and Lindbergh enhances them by highlighting their soul and personality.”
It was very important for the co-creator, Olivier Saillard, to allow the world to contemplate these photos in a special scenery: “On Instagram, it would take 2 minutes to see them [the pictures], while here, we find ourselves watching them to look at them with much more time. It’s important to give back a form of ecological ecological responsibility to photography.” he stated himself in an interview. A 240-page book published by Taschen editions completes the exhibition. Many top models such as Naomi Campbell, Yasmin Le Bon, Nadja Auermann and Linda Evangelista are featured in it.
You can visit the exhibition from May 20 to November 14, 2021.
Azzedine Alaïa Foundation
18 rue de la Verrerie 75004 Paris
+33 (0)1 87 44 87 75
More information here.