Friendship, the love of fashion, of an evanescent presence, have left their marks in the heart of Azzedine Alaïa and on the walls of his very own art gallery in the heart of Paris. An encounter: one is a renowned architect who passed away in February 2016 one month after his national service companion, André Courrèges. The other is the greatest couturier alive.

What brings them together? What makes this man, a man of straight lines and silver obliques to hide a trembling hand, a « drawer of fashion » like the exhibition title suggests? Nothing. Or rather everything: a sensitivity and an eye.

Inside small black frames in a nearly military line, one can see jet-deep black shapes. Ghostly silhouettes, barely suggested yet sublime like Azzedine Alaïa’s creations, so disconcerting. On can see tracing papers and preparatory works to unveil, thanks to grandson Laszlo Parent, the emotion and breath behind a flickering pencil.

Image © Araso

Dessiner la mode
An exhibition of ink paintings by Claude Parent
September 2nd-25th
Galerie Azzedine Alaïa, 18 rue de la Verrerie 75004 Paris