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Olivier Saillard Talks Fashion Shows on a Shoestring


BARE ESSENTIALS: Designers looking for tips on how to stage a fashion show on a shoestring budget should check out curator Olivier Saillard’s latest piece, “Couture Essentielle,” which wraps tonight at the Centre National de la Danse in Pantin, France, on the outskirts of Paris. “The challenge was to create the cheapest fashion show ever produced,” quipped Saillard backstage following the Wednesday night performance of the show. “We bought some pieces of fabrics totaling around 150 euros [$162 at current exchange rates], asked four models to walk and then we set about inventing,” he added. “I liked the idea of creating a show that disappears as it takes place.”
Clad in black leotards, tights and Roger Vivier heels, veteran models Christine Bergstrom, Axelle Doué, Claudia Huidobro and Anne Rohart throughout the performance took turns to create silhouettes out of single squares of fabric, draping them around their body with the solemnity of a couturier in front of mirrors positioned at the end of the aisles. The other models would then move in and fix the looks into place with their hands before marching in a pack up and down the aisles, mock catwalk style.
Taking in the show were Jean Paul Gaultier, Martine Sitbon and Elie

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