Crazy Horse Paris and fashion: a love story – part 1

Twice a year, for the spring-summer and fall-winter collections, Paris vibrates with the colors, sequins, and glamour of the biggest annual fashion event, Fashion Week.

Crazy Horse Paris and its shows have always been an inspiration for creators, models, photographers, and celebrities. Follow us behind the scenes of this special relationship with the world of fashion.

A temple to sensuality and femininity, a cozy boudoir full of history and glamour, a jewel case for the most beautiful women in the world, Crazy Horse Paris has always been the privileged place of an artistic effervescence the secret to which only Paris holds.

It is therefore natural that the fashion world keeps Crazy Horse Paris close to its heart, and reciprocally: a relationship of love that has woven close ties ever since 1951.

They (un)dress the dancers of Crazy Horse Paris: the couturiers

It all began in the fifties. When Crazy Horse Paris opened its doors, its neighbors were Yves Saint-Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, and Cristobal Balenciaga. The latter, located just next door to the cabaret, feared that his high society clients would not appreciate the decorations done in the purest “saloon” spirit, which Alain Bernardin had installed outside. He then received a concession from the creator of Crazy Horse Paris. Bernadin agreed to limit these installations… in exchange for dresses for his dancers. And thus the first collaboration of the cabaret with haute couture was born!

A few years later Karl Lagerfeld designed a perfect little black dress with white polka dots for an act inspired by the famous scene of Marilyn Monroe standing over a subway grating blowing air up her dress in “The Seven Year Itch”, while in the sixties Paco Rabanne chose Crazy Horse Paris as the setting to present his iconic metal dress.

Very close to Alain Bernardin, the founder of the cabaret, Azzedine Alaïa confessed to having “learned women’s bodies at Crazy Horse Paris”, for which he created sublime dresses for the dancers in the 80s.

In the early 2000s, the “genius of leather” Jean-Claude Jitrois designed clothes in black and silver leather for the dancers of the cabaret.

Later, it was Mark Fast, a brilliant Canadian fashion designer based in London, and the talented Hervé L. Leroux, creator of the legendary bandage dresses under the name of Hervé Leger, who dressed the dancers at gala events.

With its guest stars, Crazy Horse Paris sparkles in the firmament of fashion

From 2006, the collaborations intensified and diversified. Deeply inspired by the sophisticated and ultra-feminine universe of the cabaret, one after another, the most iconic fashion designers created unforgettable outfits, imprinted with their DNA, which highlighted the perfect curves and slender profiles of the Crazy Girls and of the invited artists.

From these famous collaborations, mythical relationships are forged between the creators and their muses: Thierry Mugler and Arielle Dombasle (2007) then Pamela Anderson (2008), Elie Saab and Dita Von Teese (2006 and 2009), Roberto Cavalli and Clotilde Courau (2010), Hervé Leroux and Noémie Lenoir (2013), Jean Paul Gaultier and Conchita Wurst (2014), Alexis Mabille and Ralph & Russo and Dita Von Teese (2016).

But it’s not only fashion designers who thrill for Crazy Horse Paris: in the next episode discover how creators and celebrities have also made it their source of inspiration or their favorite spot to party!


Photos: François Goizé, Antoine Poupel, Ali Mahdavi