Rendez-Vous with Olivier Saillard

The language of allure: fashion curation

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On June 1st, 2017, Mr Olivier Saillard will come to Polimoda to give a very special guest lecture on exhibitions and performances that focus on garments, as well as his vision of fashion history and how it has changed over the past twenty years.

As one of the most important curators and contemporary fashion historians, Mr Saillard is the Director of the of the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Palais Galliera. In this role, Olivier has curated some of the most memorable exhibitions, retrospectives and performances in recent years, including Madame Grès: Couture à L’Oeuvre, Comme des Garçons: White Drama and The Impossible Wardrobe in collaboration with Tilda Swinton. Mr Saillard is also currently working on a special project for the upcoming edition of Pitti Uomo, The Ephemeral Museum Of Fashion: Notes For An Ideal Museum looking at the transience of fashion and museums themselves.

It is our hope that it may reborn in another time, another place, within the fickle walls of a museum, in the forgotten spaces of a building. That it will continue to raise questions about the transient nature of fashion but also about its poetic vitality […]

Olivier Saillard

Olivier Saillard - portrait

Mr Saillard studied archaeology and contemporary art in Besançon, a small city in the east of France, near Switzerland, and also in Montpellier. He later gained an assistant position at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and then was the Director of the Musée de la Mode in Marseille before becoming the Fashion Curator at the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris prior to his current appointment.

Now considered perhaps the most respected and prolific curator in the medium of fashion, Mr Saillard will meet with Polimoda students and professors to share his experience and vision on the industry just days before The Ephemeral Museum Of Fashion exhibition, produced by Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery in collaboration with the Uffizi Gallery and Palais Galliera, will open.