PARIS — André Leon Talley’s “Little Black Dress” exhibition will sashay into the French capital just in time for couture week in July.
The show, sponsored by MAC Cosmetics and featuring about 50 garments, is to run from July 3 to Sept. 22 at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art and Culture here. It debuted last fall at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and has spawned a book by the same name, also by Talley, who recently was appointed Numéro Russia’s editor at large and is a contributing editor at American Vogue.
“We love integration with an academic purpose at the same time that’s fashion, and we thought this was a wonderful opportunity to support important retrospective work and [meanwhile incorporate] makeup,” said John Demsey, group president at the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., MAC’s parent.
For the exhibit’s opening party on July 1, MAC plans to showcase a series of face charts with color cosmetics looks created by Gordon Espinet, its senior vice president of makeup artistry, specifically to accompany the brand’s selection of little black dresses from the show, appearing in photographs. Among labels represented are Proenza Schouler, Joseph Altuzarra, Ohne Titel and Prabal Gurung, whose makeup looks MAC conceives during fashion week.
“This is our interpretation of the MAC look for their black dress,” explained Espinet.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast