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"Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier": a Tribute to a Fashion Legend

Six months after the death of Azzedine Alaïa, London homages the famous Designer’s talent and the timeless beauty of his creations with the great exhibition "Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier" on show at the London Design Museum until October 7th, 2018.

It tells the uniqueness of a revolutionary genius, the only major designer to produce collections on his own timetable, against the frenetic rhythm of the fashion world and its constant and obsessive search for the "new". A pressure to which the famous couturier has always escaped, presenting his collections not when the calendar of the fashion system dictated but only when he really felt ready to go on the catwalk.

Alaïa himself was involved in the planning of the Design Museum exhibition, together with Mark Wilson. The plan was set up according to the instructions that the Tunisian stylist had given before his sudden death occurred on November 18, including the selection of 60 rare outfits, some of which created for the occasion.

Each step of his long career, from the early '70s up to 2017, is represented by his most original creations such as the dress with ruffles inspired by Spain, the bandeau dress, the belt-corset, the dress-sculpture in fabric of stretched lycra and the creations made with perforated leather. It is an exhibition of outfits of a timeless elegance presented in chronological and thematic order altogether: from the sculpture approach to decorativism style, from the oversized volumes to the "wrapped forms", from the exotic influences to the historical inspirations.

The scenic background chosen for his wonderful creations is a timeline of iconic images as landmarks of Alaïa's career, from his first experiences at Christian Dior’s in Paris in the late fifties, to his friendship with Franca and Carla Sozzani, to the emotional bond with one of his muses, Naomi Campbell, who was only 16 when she first paraded for him.

The exhibition celebrates Azzedine Alaïa’s creativity and his respect towards both his own inspiration and the woman's body, always empowered and never overshadowed. A free artist, as the welcoming quote says at the entrance to the exhibition: «I always feel free. When I don’t want something I don't do it».

Met Gala 2018: everything you need to know

The most anticipated event for every designer, celebrity and stylist is back: the Met Gala 2018 which will be staged on Monday, May 7 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York.

It‘s now considered one of the most important events for the fashion system, representing an extraordinary opportunity to create business and attention.

Since its birth in the '70s, the Met Ball celebrates the opening of the annual exhibition dedicated to the fashion at the Met in New York and is the main source of annual funding of the Institute for exhibitions, publications and acquisitions of artworks.
Besides being a great charity event, it is also a masterpiece of diplomacy, fame and power. Since, in 1995, Anna Wintour became its president, she has catalysed not only the fashion world "that counts" but also a long list of celebrities, surpassing notoriety and style even the Night of the Oscars. The only way to participate in the sparkling event is to receive an invitation from the Director of Vogue America, which carefully selects the personalities of the Fashion System.

This year "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" will be inaugurated, a show with a mystical connotation that will bring to light the influence of religion and sacred rules of fashion.

From Cristóbal Balenciaga to Donatella Versace, through the Dolce & Gabbana Autumn-Winter 13/14 collection inspired by the Monreale Cathedral in Sicily, to the haute couture from  Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Lacroix: more than 150 pieces will be exhibited between objects and artworks, kept in the Museum or in other places in the world, such as the Sistine Chapel.

Like every year the theme of the exhibition is linked to that of the Gala, dictating the style codes and outfits of the guests. The party of the year is therefore a fundamental catwalk for designers, movie stars, singers, top models and VIPs.

The Met Gala is the perfect alliance between art and fashion. Over the years, on its red carpet, there have been some iconic moments that have written the history of Fashion. The theme of this year will certainly give way to a memorable event full of glamour, especially on the Red Carpet that will host Rihanna, Amal Clooney and Donatella Versace.

Virgil Abloh’s first solo exhibition in Chicago

Virgil Abloh, founder of the Off-White label and just recently named the new artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear line, will be the protagonist of the retrospective launched at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Simply entitled by his name "Virgil Abloh”, it will be the first exhibition dedicated to the work of the American designer and will be held at the famous museum from June 8th until September 22nd 2019.

Beside being the worldwide famous producer and established name of his high-end streetwear brand Off-White, Virgil Abloh has also confirmed to be an eclectic designer, lining up over the years successful collaborations with Nike, Moncler, Jimmy Choo, Timberland and expanding his artistic universe outside fashion, among which  stands out his project for Ikea, redesigning its famous shopping bag.

Much more than a stylist, Abloh is an artist, architect and engineer with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a Master in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology where he learned not only the modernist design but also the concept of multidisciplinary work that has led him to believe in the collaboration and contamination between brands.

The exhibition will go along his career, offering an in-depth look at the continuous expansion of the artist, which encompasses fashion, architecture, music and design.

From his first days with Kanye West to his recent work with Off-White ™, the "Virgil Abloh” Chicago exhibition features the fashion works and videos of his most iconic shows that intersect with other disciplines, such as design of furniture, graphic design, architectural interventions and collaborative projects with other designers.

Focus of the exhibition will also be on the empowerment of young people; indeed, the relationship between his fashion brand and today’s generations will be fully explored and a complete cross-disciplinary program aiming at the youngster offered, which mirrors once again the artist’s wide range of interests.

Martin Margiela, on show in Paris for his twentieth anniversary

Paris honours Martin Margiela, during the Paris Fashion Week  with "Margiela / Galliera, 1989-2009", the first exhibition in the French Capital entirely dedicated to the Belgian fashion designer.

The exhibition, set in the halls of Palais Galliera from March 3rd to July 15th, 2018, traces the designer’s career, from Spring-Summer 1989 to Spring-Summer 2009, using more than 130 silhouettes, videos of défilés, House archival materials and special installations.

Martin Margiela (b. Louvain, 1957) graduated from the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, in 1980. After a period of apprendiceship as Jean Paul Gaultier’s assistant between 1984 and 1987, he has become the only Belgian designer of his generation to found his own Fashion House in Paris.

Famous as the mysterious designer “ without a face”, Margiela has never appeared on the catwalk for the twenty years he has exhibited in Paris , always avoiding interviews and public shows. On the contrary, he grants his collections "an opportunity for visibility" by exposing the inside and the portions of garments that normally remain hidden, such as interior trim, folds, straps, motifs and basting. By questioning both the "structure" of the garments and the fashion system, the designer has established himself as one of the greatest innovators of our time.

From the Oversize Collection, where he pushes the scale of his garments to extremes, enlarging the proportions to 200%  to the Barbie Collection, which adapts dolls’ clothes to the life-size human form , by way of the Artisanal Collection, created from vintage garments and recovered materials transformed into unique hand-sewn pieces, Margiela/Galliera, 1989-2009 exhibition  is a trip not to be missed to understand more not only about what lies behind his creations, but also behind a period of great changes in the fashion world.

The retrospective, of which Martin Margiela is also the artistic director, tells the audience about the twenty years of his work and offers an unprecedented look at one of the most influential contemporary fashion designers.

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