Hi, I'm Nancy Burke and welcome to my blog. I've lived in France on the outskirts of Paris for over 20 years with my husband, Rob, and a little more recently, our black cat Cassie. My friends tell me that I know more about Paris than most Parisians. I don't know about that but I do try to make the most of living in one of the world's greatest centers of culture, art and architecture. Most weekdays I'm out and about visiting museums, taking tours, or just experiencing French life. I was a long time director of the Friday Tour Group and I'm still an active member.
26 February 2020
This striking exhibition at Gallerie Azzedine Alaïa pays homage to the legendary creations of Tunisian Azzedine Alaïa (1940-2017) and Spanish Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972), both masters of architectural fashion. Fifty-six gorgeous dresses, coats, gowns, jackets and boleros show off the similarity and the brilliance of these designers despite the fact that they never met in person. Their fashions are presented in a pure white labyrinth of cubicles and showcased alongside each other for the first time. Both men had a passion for the sobriety of black that, above all colors, requires the cut to be perfect. Unlike many 20th century designers, they mastered every step of the creative process, from drawing to cutting, sewing to assembling a gown. Their concept of timelessness is particularly impressive during a period when fashion was defined by frequent passing trends. Without peeking, try to guess who the designer of each item is when two are shown side-by-side. Good luck! Suspect you will discover they are closely linked together and both equally talented. The show continues upstairs with sketches and early film footage of Cristobal Balenciaga backstage. If I were younger and had the figure of a model, I can almost imagine myself wearing one of the elegant gowns and being very stylish in 2020!
Monday, February 24, 2020 through Tuesday, March 3, 2020 is Paris Fashion Week. It’s a perfect time to enjoy a delightful fashion show.
1. This exhibition runs through 28 June 2020. The gallery is open daily from 11:00AM to 7:00PM. It is located at 18 Rue de la Verrerie, a very short walk from BHV Marais.
2.Information is provided in French and English. There is also an interesting 20-minute video in English showing Azzedine Alaïa’s hands-on approach to producing garments. Wait until you see him with his dog!!!
3.Take time to browse the classy boutique and wander into the book shop.
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