Dusseldorf: NRW-Forum – Azzedine Alaia

Today Georgiana and myself hauled ourselves over to the NRW-Forum, to see the Azzedine Alaia fashion exhibit. We were supposed to go yesterday, on my birthday, but life got in the way (actually, the cleaning lady that doesn’t have the key to Georgiana’s apartment) The exhibit is great, fairly big and spacious, but after having been round we just wanted MOOOORE!!! The entry price is fair, at 5,80 euro and it will take you roughly 1 hour to see everything, and see much of the catwalk video footage on the first floor. The little bookshop next to the entrance is also not to miss as they have a great selection of fashion and photography books, in a mixture of German and English text formats.

Many of the items on show date from between 2003 – present and all pieces seem quite wearable. Some of the dresses up close seemed to be made from extremely cheap material, that were worked and detailed in the most exquisite ways. It was amazing to behold. The detailing and craftsmanship are second to none and one could gawk at any piece for a good few moments before discovering all the minute clever tailoring solutions to give the garment it’s shape, without losing the cleanliness of the lines.

Even though having been told off for taking photo’s, I couldn’t help myself……When I die, please bury me in that stunning sleek purple dress!

 

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