Azzedine Alaia / Arthur Elgort: Freedom
Arthur Elgort, Azzedine Alaia
In the 1970s, despite not yet knowing each other, Azzedine Alaïa and Arthur Elgort were about to go down the same path. The former realized that fashion had changed: it was now no longer so much in the salons that fashion had to be appreciated but in the street. The latter, Arthur Elgort, then a young photographer for the English edition of ‘Vogue’, was in the process of establishing a new vision of photography. His snapshots would soon define a lighter, more informal photographic style of great spontaneity. At the same time as the fashion designer was seeing his feminine ideal embodied in the street and worn by an ever-increasing number of clients, the photographer was leaving the studio, opening the windows, and taking over movement and cities as a natural and new setting. Both actively contributed to renewing the representation of the now assertive, determined and independent woman. This long collaboration is now the subject of an upcoming exhibition in Paris at the Fondation Azzedine Alaïa running from January 23 to August 20 2023 and the accompanying monograph, entitled ‘Freedom’, which presents more than 150 timeless classic black-and-white pictures.