Alaïa: Picasso Femme à la mantille Dress
In this special collection, Pieter Mulier, creative director of Alaïa, pays tribute to Pablo Picasso by imagining six exceptional dresses inspired by Picasso’s original Tanagra ceramics. Modeled after the cast terra-cotta Tanagra figurines of ancient Greece, these works were made by the artist in the late 1940s and 1950s alongside master potters at the Madoura factory in the South of France. The dresses are produced in partnership with the Picasso Administration in a limited edition, requiring the unique skills of Alaïa’s ateliers.
This look is inspired by Picasso’s ceramic Vase, Femme à la mantille (1949), a female figure wearing a black lace mantilla, a traditional Spanish ornamental veil worn by women on their heads, particularly during church services. The vase was made with white clay and engobe, or liquefied clay, that has been colored. A dégradé jacquard of mohair yarn in two different colors, blended to achieve an irregular effect, has been used to capture the earthen tones. Once knitted, the mohair is combed by hand to form the varied horizontal brushstrokes of the surface. A dense stretch viscose is used in a jacquard technique to create the defined paint marks of the body, breasts, and hair.
The Tanagra collection was originally presented during the Summer/Fall 2022 collection. The Gagosian Shop is partnering with Alaïa on the pre-release of three dresses from the collection for June and July 2022.