In a new exhibition opening April 27th, Paris' Palais Galliera will pay homage to the extraordinary Dalida, an elegant singer, powerful actress and unstoppable style icon who held the world ablaze with her fashion.
Few things fascinate more than the quintessential tragic diva, and Dalida, a former Miss Egypt with Italian heritage who decided to conquer the French world of chanson, possessed just the right mix of exotic, classic, and doomed.
This Parisian exhibiton will showcase Dalida's iconic fashion through glimpses of her on and off-stage wardrobe, which her brother, Orlando, recently donated to the Palais Galeria.
A femme fatale whose ambitions were first directed towards French cinema, Dalida – née Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti – began performing on theatre stages in Paris, on the Champs-Elysées, before having a 30-year career as a 1950s and 1960s starlet, racking up 19 number one hit singles in four languages (French, Italian, German and Arabic), and recording numerous top selling singles that consolidated her star status from France to Austria, and from Lebanon to Japan – surprisingly refusing to be introduced to American audiences until 1978.
Meanwhile, unhappiness and dramatic romantic relationships took a severe toll on Dalida’s personal life.
Incredibly, a former husband, a close friend, a lover and a fiancé all took their own lives, leaving her traumatized and inconsolable. She attempted to take her own life by overdosing on drugs and spent 5 days in a coma before recovering. After this first attempt, an abortion left her infertile. On 3 May 1987, the feline eyed singer succeeded in committing suicide by overdosing on barbiturates.
She left a note that said: “La vie m'est insupportable... Pardonnez-moi”, which translates to: "Life has become unbearable for me... Forgive me."
A fashion icon through and through, Dalida could look glamorous in a red velvet 1950’s dress by Jacques Esterel or a Balmain 70’s pinafore dress, chic and understated in Loris Azarro, dazzling in 80’s sequined disco outfits by Michel Fresnay or classical and timeless in Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. This exhibition is filled with her quintessential dazzling style.
We hope you can savour the beauty of her life and the style of her times when staying at the luxe La Réserve Apartments or the Hotel and Spa this spring and summer – luxury hotels that Dalida would have loved for their privacy and elegant style, a true Parisian hideaway and escape.
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