Alaïa: Picasso Tanagra noire et bleue 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 were 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 sculpture Tanagra noir et bleue(1953), a female figure with arms raised to her head to form handles, made of white terra-cotta and painted with white, blue, black, and maroon oxides and black slips. To capture this paintwork, the dress is knitted with four colors using a woven jacquard technique: some of the yarns are not knitted but are woven on the surface of the fabric. A boucle viscose in the black areas creates a textured relief effect, mimicking the look of the irregular paintwork. Polyamide yarns and high-luster silk are combined in two different shades of blue to produce an intense saturated color. An embroidery technique of tiny textured knots has been applied as a finish to add color and definition.
The Tanagra collection was originally presented during the Summer/Fall 2022 collection. The Gagosian Shop is partnering with Alaïa on the pre-release of two dresses from the collection for June and July 2022.