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August 29, 2020 3 min read

Exhibition in Paris: A Rare Dialogue Between Two Designers About Cristobal Lanciaga and Azadine Alaya were two geniuses who rebelled in the fashion world. In a marvelous exhibition in Paris, the resemblance to their works is shown. Cristobal Lanciaga and Azadine Alaya - held at the marvelous exhibition "Sculptures of Shape" opened in Paris It, too, tells viewers what elite sewing is and teaches them about extraordinary mastery of cuts, about precision and the pursuit of perfection, and about the transience that has existed for more than half a century of fashion. The term "clothing architect" is often used, whether in the case of Balenciaga or Alaya. The new exhibition, which runs until June 28 at Alaya's former home in Marais in Paris, features a fascinating encounter between more than 56 items designed by two masters of style and volume, sensuality and elegance, facing each other and presenting their interpretation of a black bolero or black evening dress. Models designed by Lanciaga and Alaya. When they are displayed in the exhibition next to each other it is difficult to know who designed what models they designed in Lanciaga and Alaya. When they are displayed in the exhibition next to each other it is difficult to know who designed what the Spanish Lanciaga and the Tunisian Alaya both had rare technical abilities. They knew how to cut, assemble and sew a dress from scratch, one that would empower the woman wearing it and flatter her body. Both have a reputation of being a compromising mother, of master tailors who are proficient in the classic techniques of tailoring. According to the curator of the exhibition, Olivier Sayer, there was a real symbiotic connection between their minds in the approach alone, shape and gesture of a garment. "Time as regent and chronology is irrelevant," he told Wallpaper magazine. "It seems that they both had one goal - the sublime." When the Balenciaga House first closed its doors in 1968, some said that at that moment the era of elegance was over. Balenciaga then felt despair at the industrialization of fashion and refused to compromise on his working methods and craftsmanship. Unlike designers on others including Chanel, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent Balenciaga did not join the Pert-a-Forte trend claiming it was a style that did not fit his skills. Madame Renee, vice-chairwoman of the House of Blanciga at the time, then turned to the young couturier Alaia and invited him to choose from the original designs of the revered designer and fabrics he had created and left in the warehouse of the fashion house on 5th George Street. "Over the generations, Alaya has collected more than 400 Blanciga items, long before people began to create an archive for him," Carla Suzani, president of the Alaia Association, told the Whaler. "So began Alaya's obsession that these clothes inspired him." Jacket designed by Cristobal Blanciaga and Azadin Alaya Jacket designed by Cristobal Blanciaga and Azadin Alaia Photo: Aït Ouarab Media, and until his death in 2017 lived by his truth. Alaia, one of the top Parisian fashion designers nicknamed the "elite tailor" and Balenciaga, "the master of us all" as Huber de Givenchy defined his mentor - were both exceptional artists, who shared the pursuit of perfection and were brave enough to do what they wanted. In fact, it was Givenchy (who died in 2018) who came up with the idea for a joint exhibition, when he visited Alaia's studio shortly before Alaia's death - "we wanted to pay tribute to Givenchy's dream," Suzani said. The dream came true.

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