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Causing a fashion frenzy away from the catwalk was veteran Azzedine Alaia who unveiled a retrospective of his work at the Musée Galliera in Paris.

Shown in the Matisse room, the elaborate couture gowns were backdropped by some of the French Fauvist’s greatest works including Lutte des Nymphes and Danse Inachevee.

The Tunisian-born couturier, meanwhile, offered a darkly glamorous greatest hits collection from seasons past complete with lashings of animal print and gowns featuring his trademark pleats.

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9-26-2013 12-49-56 PM Stunning: An 1997 Alaia dress created from woven raffia in front of Matisse’s 1931 Lutte des Nymphes.

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Previously known as the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, the Musée Galliera reopens this September after a lengthy restoration. Olivier Saillard, the museum director decided to baptise the new fashion exhibition space with a retrospective on Azzedine Alaïa.

After the Alaïa display, a collection of 1950s photographs from the Condé Nast archives will grace the museum, then a complete collection of an early aristocratic wardrobe.

The Musée Galliera will open to the public on September 28 with the Alaïa exhibition which runs through January 26, 2014.

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