THE TUNISIAN-BORN COUTURIER AZZEDINE ALAÏA ENJOYED HIS ROLE AS AN OUTSIDER IN THE WORLD OF FASHION.
ALWAYS DRESSED IN A UNIFORM OF BLACK, HE IGNORED THE STRICT FASHION CALENDAR OF SEASONAL COLLECTIONS WHILE TIRELESSLY UPHOLDING THE TRADITIONS OF HAUTE COUTURE. FROM HIS FIRST SHOW IN THE LATE 1970’S TO THE LAST ONE JUST BEFORE HIS DEATH IN 2017, ALAÏA’S WORK HAS ALWAYS GENERATED EXCITEMENT AND RESPECT.
SENSUOUS, BODY-HUGGING FORMS, DESCRIBED AS « SECOND-SKIN DRESSING », ARE ALAÏA’S ENDURING INFLUENCE. EXPERIMENTING WITH THE LATEST STRETCH MATERIALS AND PRECISELY TAILORED LEATHERS, HE WORKED IN THE TRADITION OF THE GREAT COUTURIERS HE ADMIRED AND STUDIED.
ALAÏA THOUGHT WITH HIS HANDS. HE GAVE HIS IDEAS FORM BY DRAPING, CUTTING AND PINNING FABRIC DIRECTLY ONTO THE STATUESQUE MODELS WITH WHOM HE LOVED TO WORK. HE COMBINED HIS RIGOROUS TECHNICAL SKILLS WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW WOMEN WANT TO FEEL. HE ONCE REMARKED « I MAKE CLOTHES, WOMEN MAKE FASHION ». AND MANY WOMEN HAVE WORN HIS ELEGANT AND SENSUAL DESIGNS, FROM GRETA GARBO, GRACE JONES AND TINA TURNER TO NAOMI CAMPBELL, LADY GAGA AND RIHANNA.
CURRENTLY AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM IN LONDON TILL OCTOBER 7TH 2018, A WONDERFUL EXHIBIT IS TAKING PLACE ENTITLED :« AZZEDINE ALAÏA, THE COUTURIER » SHOWCASING SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DRESSES HE CREATED.
HIS WORK IS EXCEPTIONAL AND ONE CAN ADMIRE THE INTRICACIES OF EACH OF THESE HANDCRAFTED WORKS OF ART THAT ARE HIS DRESSES. A LITTLE MAN WITH GIGANTIC TALENT.
HIS PASSING IS A GREAT LOSS TO FASHION.
Source : https://www.yadcheri.com/talk-to-the-hand-blog-yad-cheri/azzedine-alaias-magical-touch
What does Design mean to you ? This crowdsourced wall offers a selection of items that have a special meaning. Some things are here because they do their job well. Some have been nominated because they are beautiful, and others because they carry special memories. Any piece of design that matters needs to offer at least one of these qualities.
EXHIBITIONISM -The Rolling Stones is this summer’s must-see show, having opened to critical acclaim at London’s Saatchi Gallery.
Unlocking their vast archive, this exhibition is a Rolling Stones treasure trove, curated over 9 thematic gallery spaces with 500 items from original stage costumes, rare instruments and lyric books, backstage and touring paraphernalia, album art, photography, stage designs, personal diaries, and never before released audio and behind-the-scenes footage.
Charles and Ray Eames are among the most influential designers of the 20th century. Enthusiastic and tireless experimenters, this husband and wife duo moved fluidly between the fields of photography, film, architecture, exhibition-making, and furniture and product design.
The Eames Office was a hub of activity where the Eameses and their collaborators produced an array of pioneering designs, communicating their ideas with a boundless creativity that defined their careers. The Eameses embraced the joy of trial and error and approached design as a way of life.
From personal letters, photographs, drawings and artwork, to their products, models, multi-media installations and furniture, The World of Charles and Ray Eames includes not only the designs for which they are best known, but provides an insight into the lives of the Eameses, the Eames Office and the breadth of their pioneering work, bringing their ideas and playful spirit to life.
Victoria & Albert Museum, London :
Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection
21 November 2015 – 28 March 2016
This exhibition showcases over one hundred exceptional jewels, jewelled artefacts and jades from the Al Thani Collection.
The pieces range in date from the early 17th century to the present day, and were made in the Indian subcontinent or inspired by India. They include spectacular precious stones, jades made for Mughal emperors and a gold tiger-head finial from the throne of the South Indian ruler Tipu Sultan.
Absolutely Spectacular – highly recommended
Mademoiselle Privé, a journey through the origins of CHANEL’s creations capturing the charismatic personality and irreverent spirit of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.
This autumn, Karl Lagerfeld and CHANEL will present an enchanted journey through the House’s creativity. The “Mademoiselle Privé” exhibition will highlight the Haute Couture, the re-editions of the High Jewellery “Bijoux de Diamants” collection created in 1932 and CHANEL N°5. source : saatchi gallery
A pop-up gallery celebrating the life and work of artist Chris Bracey, who died earlier this month, has opened this week in London’s Soho. Launched as a partnership between Gods Own Junkyard and Lights of Soho, the temporary space showcases pieces from throughout Bracey’s 40-year career. Alongside the spectacular neon artworks for which Bracey is best known, the exhibition features upscaled fairground, film and circus signage. There are also references to Soho’s colourful past in the form of strip-club memorabilia and furniture rescued from nightclubs.
The retrospective is a fitting tribute to the vision and imagination of a man described by his wife as ‘a light that will never go out’. source : ELLE DECOR UK