new york - so how the met could forget to add azzedine alaia to their new installation, the model as muse, is beyond me. if you have been following the news, so offended were alaia's own muses, stephanie seymour and naomi campbell that they refused to attend last monday's gala in honor of the exhibit. now comes a belated explanation from the met's costume institute curator, harold koda, on why alaia was snubbed (this is a verbatim excerpt from thecut.com). is it just me or does something in the explanation sound hollow?:
“By coincidence, a mutual friend was having dinner with him in Paris the very following night, and I said, ‘Will you tentatively ask him whether or not he would be comfortable with this?’ When she came back, she said he is really not comfortable, so we never pursued approaching the supermodels for their dresses.”
But how did he know this lady friend had properly explained the exhibit? Why wouldn't Koda just call Alaïa up afterward? Isn't it his job to plead for things when necessary?
“We would have loved to have had his pieces in the show, but there was a lot of miscommunication,” Koda said. “Maybe it was oversensitivity on my part in broaching it informally rather than with a formal letter. Nobody is to blame. My understanding was that he didn’t want his work in the show,” Koda added, “So I honored it.”
alaia dressing grace jones; top images all models in alaia pieces; all photos from livejournal.com