Ali Mahdavi

Glamour is what he does

With numerous and wondrous talents, Ali Mahdavi is truly a prodigy. He possesses the exceptional gift of being able to transform the ordinary and insignificant into things of extraordinary beauty.

One of the most representative contemporary artistic figures of his generation, Crazy Horse Paris naturally called on him to work with Philippe Decouflé on the production of the “Désirs” show.

Mysterious and headstrong women with bob wigs, blood-red lips, dizzyingly high heels…

Working hard with and for the Parisian cabaret, he deftly reasserts the stylistic codes set forth by the avant-garde artist and founder of the legendary venue, Alain Bernardin.


Inspired by women

Ali Mahdavi’s artistic mainline consists in glorifying the powerful, dominant, insubordinate female, women who like to run the show…

Triumphant, moving and desirable, women are at the heart of his artistic and creative thought-process. He is driven by the permanent desire to have you be smitten by the charm of these incredible beauties.

He sculpts, stages, analyses, takes pictures of them and in so doing, makes them irresistible.

“In my work, I’ve always been fascinated by the process that goes into subliming women and by their pursuit of perfection. Some of them have devoted themselves entirely to this quest with utter disregard for social conventions.”

Artistic Director Ali Mahdavi surrounded by beautiful Crazy Girls

His muse: Marlène Dietrich

“She is the very embodiment of glamour: through sheer will and with help from her Pygmalion, Josef Von Sternberg, whom she later surpassed, she transcended what nature had endowed her with (which was very nice, yet far from perfect) in order to correspond to her personal vision of beauty and thus transform herself into a bird of paradise.”

Photographer, designer and visual artist

Photographer to the greatest models, designer for the most famous fashion-designers, illustrator and visual artist, he was trained at the prominent Boulle school, the Royal College of London, the Beaux-Arts in Paris, the San Francisco Art Institute…

Born and raised in Teheran, Ali Mahdavi previously worked with the famous Parisian cabaret in 2007, in particular on the occasion of the Arielle Dombasle show, for which he made the official poster. He also collaborated in 2009 with Crazy Horse Paris and Dita Von Teese on the “Teese’ing” act, henceforth part of Crazy Horse Paris lore.

In 2010, he also created the numbers for Clotilde Coureau’s show and later the “Shooting” act for top model Noémie Lenoir in 2013.


  • Inauguré le 21 septembre 2009, le show “Désirs” est signé Philippe Decouflé et Ali Mahdavi.

  • Hilton McConnico a crée la première affiche du spectacle “Désirs” en 2009.

  • Celebrity shoe creator Christian Louboutin designed the red-soled shoes for many acts including “Teasing”, “Rougir de Désirs” and “Upside Down”.

  • 300 “Crazy Red” lipsticks are used each year by Crazy Horse Paris’ dancers.

  • The cabaret is considered a national monument in France. It is a cultural phenomenon and part of the national heritage.

  • Chaque année, les danseuses du Crazy Horse utilisent 250 paires de bas, 500 litres de maquillage et 300 tubes de rouge « Crazy ».

  • All dancers are classically trained. It takes three to five month of hard work to transform a classical dancer into a Crazy Girl.

  • Le nom du cabaret parisien est en hommage au chef Sioux Crazy Horse.

  • La 1ère Guest Star dans l’histoire du Crazy Horse est Dita Von Teese en octobre 2006.

  • Poupie Cadolle a crée les corsets de « Red Shoes ».

  • At least six pairs of shoes are tailor made for each dancer.

  • More than 30 dancers currently work with Crazy Horse Paris.

  • Chaque danseuse est baptisée d’un nom de scène lors de son entrée au Crazy Horse.

  • Two Crazy Girls modelled for David Lynch’s “Fetish” photo series

  • La voix féminine sur la bande son du numéro “Spoutnik” appartient à la danseuse Fiamma Rosa.

  • Fifi Chachnil signe la tenue de la PDGère dans « Crisis ! What Crisis ? »

  • Crazy Horse Paris was founded by Alain Bernardin in 1951 and has been an illustrious cabaret ever since.

  • Internationally acclaimed corsetiere Poupie Cadolle, whose grandmother invented the bra, designed the corsets for « Red Shoes ».

  • Christian Louboutin a dessiné les souliers d’une majorité de tableaux dont « Teasing », « Rougir de Désir » et « Upside Down ».

  • Deux danseuses du Crazy Horse ont été les modèles pour David Lynch pour son projet « Fetish », en collaboration avec Christian Louboutin.