Don't miss




'Gaddafi comes back to haunt Sarkozy'

Read more


Le français...and the world: Can Macron's plan boost French influence?

Read more


Parlez-vous français? Francophonia is the order of the day

Read more


India's missing women: The dark legacy of sex selection

Read more


What lies ahead for Gibraltar in a post-Brexit world?

Read more


Smile! It's International Happiness Day!

Read more


South Africa ordered to pay $15 million over death of 144 patients

Read more


UK launches inquiry into Facebook data scandal

Read more


Facebook data breach highlights our 'digital ignorance'

Read more


All the best of the Parisian catwalks and a look behind the scenes at the big names in Haute Couture. Every Friday at 10.20 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2012-09-14

Alexandre de Betak

Scenographers are often far removed from the fashion spotlight and yet they play such an important role. Today we pay homage to one of the finest scene designers around, Alexandre de Betak.

What gives fashion that certain je ne-sais-quoi? Is it the clothes? No, they’re often the same. Could it be the models? No, too skinny. How about the decor? Yes, the decor. Scenographers are often far removed from the fashion spotlight and yet they play such an important role. Today we pay homage to one of the finest scene designers around: Alexandre de Betak, who recently organized the Berluti show held at the Palais Royal gardens in Paris.

44-year-old Betak is a master of illusion, known by his friends as the Fellini of fashion. With over 500 runway shows in a career that spans 20 years, he spends months working on a single show that will last no more than 12 minutes. His CV is impressive. LVMH with fashion houses Berluti, Dior, John Galliano, Louis Vuitton and Céline. H&M, the Cypriot Hussein Chalayan and the Dutch Viktor and Rolf. Each job is unique and no two shows look alike. Raf Simons’ first haute couture show for Dior is a perfect illustration of going against trend. A minimalist floral decor worth over a million euros.

But Betak can also work for a more modest budget. For Christophe Lemaire, he simply placed benches on a terrace. So what is this scenographer’s indulgence... clothes. Alexandre’s calling is clear as he continues to create stunning runway designs that often leave a more lasting impression then the fashions on display.

By Media TV



2018-03-09 fashion

Paris Fashion Week: Chanel vows to replant hundreds of trees

From environmental awareness to social activism, the Paris 2018 winter ready-to-wear collections are changing the world! Chanel opts for a distinctly autumnal backdrop, while...

Read more

2018-03-02 Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week celebrates 50 years since May 1968 protests

From 1968 to 2018, this year marks five decades since the May 1968 protests which would revolutionise French society. An inspirational anniversary for designers at Paris Fashion...

Read more

2018-02-16 fashion

Woolmark Prize celebrates innovation in fashion

Since 1953, the Woolmark Prize has been propelling international designers who use merino wool in their collections. A prestigious jury announces three winners in the categories...

Read more

2018-02-02 fashion

Men's fashion, winter 2018: Choose your style!

Menswear stands out during Paris Fashion Week. Designers are reinventing men's fashion through the astonishing and creative autumn-winter 2018 collections. Kris Van Assche mixes...

Read more

2018-01-26 fashion (programme)

Haute Couture summer 2018: Dior adds sensuality with masked ball

FRANCE 24 checks out the Haute Couture spring/summer 2018 shows. Jean Paul Gaultier is paying homage to Pierre Cardin. The star couturier of the 1960s was the inventor of...

Read more