Pierre-Alexandre Fillaire is a non-binary contemporary artist, costume designer and stylist based in Paris. They were born in Burgundy, France in 1992. They have lived in different regions, among them French Flanders, Provence, Thuringia Germany and London.
These specific places have shaped their strong interest in the occidental studies of mores and traditional costumes with a specific enthusiasm towards the XIIIth century.
Early in their career, Pierre-Alexandre focused on understanding how to integrate natural and artificial elements into the silhouette, creating an honest narrative of his own. Sourcing for vintage and antiques, alongside creating one-off handmade pieces, has also helped to enhance the voice of each one of the characters that they brings to life in their highly narrative projects.
To allow their detail oriented vision to take place, Pierre-Alexandre collaborates closely with floral artists, ethnological archivists and designers in order to bring a more unique voice to their world.
Soon after committing to their styling career full time, the British Fashion Council selected Pierre-Alexandre as one of the New Wave Creatives to watch that year.
Pierre-Alexandre challenges the body and its limit through styling and a narrative of their own, in order to show the historical truth of people within their natural habitat, highlighting their strong individualities.
The realness of a peasant dressed in hemp, harvesting a field, is not so far off the brutal image of a contemporary individual completely wrapped up in plastic at the waking of our climate emergency.
‘The absurdity of a civilization at the edge of its fall’ is what Pierre-Alexandre tends to illustrate within their work – a documentation of the performative aspect of our existence.
For them, style is the performance which allows the body to bring imagination into reality, where the final result (photography or motion) is its purest form of documentation.
In recent years, Pierre-Alexandre has expanded their body of work, styling European talents such as Emmanuelle Béart, Katherine Waterston, Camille Cottin, Béatrice Dalle and Michèle Lamy, to name a few.
This September 2021 Pierre-Alexandre presented their first art installation at the cultural space 3537, in collaboration with floral artist Nue Paris. The installation piece, called “Land-Full”, revolved around human’s relationship with waste and the environmental impact that it entails.
Pierre-Alexandre’s art practice has garnered them the support of publications such as i-D, WWD and Vogue France.