For the fist time, an exhibition dedicated to the Chinese photographer Luo Yang, an icon of her country’s counterculture, is being held in Paris. To be discovered in November 2019 at Maison Dentsu.

Beijin, Berlin or Hong Kong, Luo Yang’s work has been shown both in Asia and Europe. She is one of today’s major Chinese photographers and her status was confirmed by the BBC last year when she was named one of the 100 most influential women in the world. Luo Yang is at the forefront of Chinese counterculture and does not hestate to take activist and poetic photographs that will be shown to Parisians in November 2019 at Maison Dentsu, 176 rue de Rivoli, during a unique retrospective.

Jian Shan by Luo Yang (2017)

A raw vision of Chinese women

The exhibition is named “GIRLS” and will feature photographs of young women taken over a period of more than 10 years. These raw and honest portraits have made Luo Yang’s reputation. The first shots of the series were captures in 2008 a year before the photographer graduated from the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts. The show displays Chinese femininity, the place of women in a society that is still very traditional but that has changed a lot in a decade. Female identity, style, gender, sexuality… Chinese women break rules and reveal themselves truthfully in front of Luo Yang’s camera.

The exhibit is shown by Maison Dentsu, together with Moonduckling. Maison Dentsu is committed to gender equality and has signed the French equality policy #jamaisSansElles. Open earlier this year Maison Dentsu is a place of co-creation, exhibition and a think tank. “GIRLS” will be open to the public on November 9 and 16, between 10 am and 6 pm. But you have to register through email at Communication@dentsuaegis.com . Don’t miss this exceptional event to discover the multitude of Chinese girls and the work of an iconic artist.

Article by Juliette Cardinale

Naomi Campbell by Thierry Perez

Fashion is defined by iconic moments. In the Spring Summer of 1991, nothing was more iconic than Azzedine Alaïa’s “Tati Collection”. Named after the popular shopping store where every day Parisians hunt for the best bargains, the Tati collection put the trademark pink and white vichy check print fabric front and center. Genius! Thus paving the way for what would become as common and lucrative as a Balmain x H&M collab, the mixing of high fashion and street fashion.

The Association Azzedine Alaïa, under the direction of Olivier Saillard, truly pulled out all the stops. The entire Tati Collection is beautifully displayed in Alaïa’s Paris home in Le Marais, where he used to live, work, and entertain countless friends from the fashion industry who he treated like family.  The signature Tati pink and white, along with black and white and blue and white vicky checks adorn boxy cropped trucker jackets, form-fitting dresses, high-waisted shorts and pants, Gavroche caps, and swimsuits that look very modern and quite enticing for our Summer vacation. 

The gorgeous drawings of Naomi Campbell (Alaïa’s honorary daughter who she always refers to as “Papa” – so touching) by Thierry Perez paired with the abstract paintings by Alaïa’s longtime friend Julian Schnabel echoe the designer’s own wide-ranging interests in art, architecture, and global cultures.

“Azzedine Alaïa, Another Way To Look At Fashion. The Tati Collection” in Paris

So make sure to check out “Azzedine Alaïa, Another Way To Look At Fashion. The Tati Collection” when in Paris. You might run into Alaïa’s many fashion celebrity friends who stop by Alaïa’s gallery space to reminisce and pay homage – like Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele, the legendary stylist, who taught us the best way to decline a double-kiss, “No, no skin-to-skin contact. It’s too hot, darling!”. Always blame it on the weather. We stan.

“Azzedine Alaïa, Another Way To Look At Fashion. The Tati Collection”. Exhibition from July 1st 2019 , to January 5th 2020 at Galerie Azzedine Alaïa, Paris. 

By PK Douglas