Maurizio Galante Haute Couture celebrates a body of work that covers over 25 years of the Paris-based Italian / French couturier’s career. Galante is one of the world’s most respected haute couture fashion designers, having won numerous awards, and in 2009 was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et desLettres by the French Minister of Culture.
Maurizio Galante’s distinctive language is particularly valuable in today’s Haute Couture. Galante, who studied architecture prior to opting for fashion, perceives his garments as objects, with a flexible, fluid structure. This was very evident in the pieces that I saw on the runway. There was a lot of fluid movement in the pieces and this wasn’t achieved through draping of the fabric alone, but also from the embellishments of intricate weaving, layering, piecing and structuring of the overall outfit.
My most respected professor and mentor at design school said to me when I was a freshman: “The Gods are in the details.” – Mies van der Rohe. And this has been my guiding principle throughout all my creative endeavors and life. There were so many beautiful details that made the whole collection come together for Maurizio Galante at this show, such as the strings tied around the models’ heels, seen on the runway. It’s quite a shame that none of these photos do the outfits justice as they are best viewed and experienced in real life. I say this only because I am a big proponent of details, details, details. Nonetheless, it isn’t difficult to imagine these gorgeous pieces possessing graceful movement, thanks to the sophisticated individual construction.
This, right here, is haute couture: high-quality, expensive fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques.
Maurizio Galante’s Haute Couture creations are realized with profound respect for traditional craftsmanship, poetically combining an architect’s in-depth knowledge with the fine workmanship of the French Haute Couture atelier, and the impeccable finish of Italian manufacturing. They are worn by a select clientele of influential women all over the world, and are included in the collections of the most important international museums.