It’s rare to meet an icon. Many people outside the fashion industry may not know her name, but Carla Sozzani is one of the most beloved and respected figures in fashion today. She’s the founder of 10 Corso Como in Milan, book and magazine editor, gallerist and curator, and president of the Fondation Azzedine Alaïa. We were lucky enough to interview her for our latest video of La Gazette.
Carla was one of the late Alaïa’s closest friends and they founded the association together. The designer started collecting clothes in the late 60s and by the time of his passing, he had amassed thousands of pieces of all the Couture masters of the century. His first pieces were, of course, by the greatest of all: Cristobal Balenciaga. He owned more than 500 pieces by him, all Haute Couture, as Monsieur Balenciaga never bended to the prêt-à-porter system, which was the reason why he closed his maison.
In this latest exhibition of the Fondation, “Alaïa et Balenciaga: Scultpteurs de la Forme”, visitors get to appreciate close-up the mastery of two of the greatest couturiers of the 20th century (according to Hubert de Givenchy, THE greatest). And to hear the story of how it came about, straight from the person that made it happen, Carla Sozzani herself, is priceless.
Don’t miss our interview with her, where we explore more about the work ethos of Alaïa and Balenciaga, their technical similarities as Haute Couturiers, and a close up to some of their most magical work.
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