Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE DEBATE

Turkey targeted: Islamic State Group blamed for Istanbul attack (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Turkey targeted: Terror attack coincides with foreign policy pivot (part 2)

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

" We have a lot that we can do together to make Middle East a better place"

Read more

FOCUS

Will Bolivia see a lithium boom?

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Child refugees: Inside Turkey's hidden sweatshops

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'The Red Turtle', 'Camping 3' and 'The Balkan Trilogy'

Read more

FACE-OFF

After Brexit, is a Frexit possible?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Vodafone warns it could move HQ out of UK

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French people against a 'Frexit' referendum

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.

FASHION

FASHION

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

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2016-06-25 fashion

Men's fashion for summer 2017, part 1

After London and Milan, Paris is hosting summer 2017's men's fashion week. Thoughtfulness and unbridled creativity are the order of the day. Rick Owens looks to "evolution"....

Read more

2016-06-17 fashion

Marseille honours local fashion designer Yacine Aouadi

For 30 years now, La Maison Méditerranéenne des Métiers de la Mode or MMMM has devoted itself to passing its fashion expertise down the generations. Since 2010, the group has...

Read more

2016-06-10 fashion

Cruise Collections 2017: Big labels showcase collections in Cuba, Brazil and Britain

For Louis Vuitton, the clean abstractionism of Niemeyer’s building works seamlessly with the collections’s deconstructed pop aesthetic. And ahead of both Hong Kong and Paris,...

Read more

2016-05-20 fashion

Meeting Marlou van Engelen, an unusual stylist

When she was just 15, Dutch designer Marlou van Engelen left Holland for London in pursuit of a life of fashion. She’s now back in Amsterdam, where her office is a former church,...

Read more

2016-05-06 fashion

Can Made In France save French fashion?

Paris's Carreau du Temple, once a clothes market, has become one of the city's most trendy venues, making it the perfect setting for this year’s Made in France salon. The event...

Read more