Alexandre de Betak has designed more than 1,000 runways over the past 25 years, creating art-focused sets for designers including Raf Simons, Michael Kors, Christian Dior, and Jason Wu. His most memorable runways are featured in the new photography book Betak: Fashion Show Revolution, out October 4 from Phaidon Press.
The book revisits stage designs like Christian Dior’s spring/summer 2013 show at the Musée Rodin, where Betak hung a sprawling garden from the ceiling. Other highlights: a mini tornado of wind that snaked around Hussein Chalayan’s fall/winter 2007 runway, and a men’s shoe installation arranged in the Jardin du Palais Royal, for Berluti’s spring/summer 2013 Paris show.
Betak produced his first fashion show for the Spanish designer Sybilla Sorondo at the age of 19, in 1987. He and his collaborators share behind-the-scenes stories in the book as well. Click ahead for a preview. The book is also on sale at Dover Street Market New York.
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Couture fall/winter 2014 by Raf Simons, Musée Rodin, Paris.
Couture spring/summer 2013 by Raf Simons, Musée Rodin, Paris.
Fall/winter 2011, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Spring/summer 2017, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris.
Couture spring/summer 2015 by Raf Simons, Musée Rodin, Paris.