Peter Lindbergh, Azzedine Alaïa
Love for black
The powerful collaborations between Peter Lindbergh and Azzedine Alaïa
Peter Lindbergh and Azzedine Alaïa, the photographer and the fashion designer, found each other in their affection for black, which they cultivated equally in silver prints and in clothing. Lindbergh never stopped using black and white to embody his search for authenticity in the faces he highlighted. Alaïa draws from monochrome to create timeless garments, true sculptures for the body.
This book immortalizes the unique dialogue between the two artists on paper. These images, which illustrate their spiritual communion, celebrate their artistic partnership and bear witness to their extraordinary achievements in the history of photography and fashion.
Although they came from geographically opposed backgrounds, Lindbergh and Alaïa touched on similar horizons. While Lindbergh made a name for himself in Germany thanks to Stern magazine, and then set up his studio in Paris in 1978, Alaïa became the discreet fashion designer whose sophisticated techniques were secretly exchanged between the great haute couture clients.
Alaïa is the architect of bodies, the one who reveals and discovers them, while Lindbergh ennobles them, illuminates their soul and their personality. Step by step, they have become masters in their respective creative disciplines. Both reject the artifice that distracts us from the real subject and it is with great ease that they have found each other through powerful collaborations.
The sources of inspiration and aesthetic values they share are reflected in their work. A beach in Le Touquet, the streets of old Paris underline their common love for black and white cinema and vast panoramas. The metal undersides of an engine room evoke memories of a German industrial landscape for one and refer to the other's immoderate taste for functional design and architecture. Alaïa's clothes are pedestals for the smiles and looks of the women who wear them: Nadja Auermann, Mariacarla Boscono, Naomi Campbell, Anna Cleveland, Dilone, Lucy Dixon, Vanessa Duve, Helene Fischer, Pia Frithiof, Jade Jagger, Maria Johnson, Milla Jovovich, Lynne Koester, Ariane Koizumi, Yasmin Le Bon, Madonna, Kristen McMenamy, Tatjana Patitz, Linda Spierings, Tina Turner, Marie-Sophie Wilson, Lindsey Wixson. For Lindbergh, who built his reputation on the image of these great models, only the authenticity of their features mattered. The union of their talents forms a dense black and white catalog that radiates sincerity and beauty.
This book accompanies the exhibition Azzedine Alaïa, Peter Lindbergh at the Fondation Azzedine Alaïa, 18 rue de la Verrerie, Paris.
With contributions from Fabrice Hergott, director of the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paolo Roversi, photographer, and Olivier Saillard, fashion historian and director of the Azzedine Alaïa Foundation, Paris.
About the photographer
Peter Lindbergh (1944-2019) was a master in his field, one who left his mark on the history of photography. He is credited with the first cover of American Vogue commissioned by its editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, as well as the first photo of a group of young women who were to become the supermodels of the 1990s, not to mention a number of solo exhibitions in the most renowned institutions, from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as in solo exhibitions in Berlin, at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum of Contemporary Art, and at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.
Peter Lindbergh. Azzedine Alaïa
Hardcover, 24 x 32.7 cm, 1.47 kg, 240 pages