The legendary designer is being honored in Rome.
Since July 2015, the Galleria Borghese in Rome has been hosting the ‘Azzedine Alaïa ‘Couture/Sculpture: Azzedine Alaïa in the History of Fashion’ which displays some of the famously reclusive couturier’s sculptural masterpieces.
About 65 of the designer’s designs are cleverly placed within the museum. For instance, a bandage dress takes up residence in the Egyptian room, referencing the mummified artifacts on display; while Grecian gowns share space with antique Greek sculptures and statues. The entrance to the museum is lined with 13 dresses, next to masterpieces by artists like Caravaggio and Bernini.
The Tunisian designer has always been known for his immaculate creations, which are more like works of art, featuring sculptural and textural details. In fact, Alaïa studied sculpting as a teen, honing his skills and influencing his tastes. While some of the looks have been altered specifically to fit the mannequins keeping in mind the gallery’s dimensions, other iconic dresses like Grace Jones’ bandage dress and Tina Turner’s short gold dress are displayed in their full original glory.
The exhibition is open to the public until the end of October 2015.