Olivier Saillard

Models Never Talk

Archive 2015

Une performance coneived by Olivier Saillard, director of Palais Galliera, Musée de la mode de la Ville de Paris
With Christine Bergstrom, Axelle Doué, Charlotte Flossaut, Claudia Huidobro, Anne Rohart, Violeta Sanchez, Amalia Vairelli
With the collaboration of Gaël Mamine and Alexandre Samson
Music, MODE-F, Laurent Ballot, Alexander Maxwell
Haie dresser, Gérald Porcher
Shoes, Roger Vivier
A Studio Olivier Saillard production
Models Never Talk was rehearsed at the CND, un centre d’art pour la danse
First performance on 8 September 2014 as part of the Crossing The Line festival, New York, with support from MADE
The performances of Models Never Talk in the Festival d’Automne à Paris benefit from the generous support of LVMH
In association with France Inter

Axelle speaks of how a jersey dress with ample folds by madame Grès influenced her gait on the catwalk.
Amalia, by means of a few well-chosen gestures, shrouds herself in the memory of an Yves Saint Laurent dress.
Whether it be Anne, Charlotte, Christine, Claudia or Violeta, each of these models has kept in their minds the memory of the shell of a garment for which their bare flesh was the positive or negative duplicate.
The setting for the play reflects the backstage area found on the other side of the catwalk.
Minus the clothes. Here the fashion world is reduced to ashes and memories. Hands fastening a belt that has faded away, or lacing up a corset that has melted away... such details restore these works back to the carbon paper drawings of their designers. Arms enveloping a long since vanished overcoat, or draping a stole, smoke rising from it, evoke the reality of bodies caught in the sway of cage-like garments. Here, words, banned from the catwalk arena, take on the function of wardrobes of the senses.
Words become the embodiment of a velvety, muslin-inspired nostalgia. The accompanying gestures serve as motifs and imprints. A form of writing springs up from beneath this naked artifice. One which sets in motion a design imbued with the couturier’s gaze or the photographer’s sharpened focus.

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