The Bilbao replaces Olivier Saillard from January, who signs for the J.M. Weston as artistic director. Miren Arzalluz now has the complicated challenge of managing a benchmark in the world of fashion such as the Palais Galliera. As announced by the Mayor of Paris, will direct from January the Museum of Fashion in Paris for the next five years.
Born in Bilbao in 1978, and daughter of former PNV president Xabier Arzalluz, she graduated in History from the University of Deusto in Bilbo, completed a master’s degree in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and another in History of Art, specializing in Costume History, at The Courtauld Institute of Art.
Passed through the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection in Kensington. From 2006 to 2013 she was responsible for Collections and curator of the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum in Getaria (Gipuzkoa) and has also been, from last January until now, general director of the Etxepare Basque Institute, a museum dedicated to the Basque language and culture.
During his work at the Cristóbal Balenciaga Foundation, Miren Arzalluz played a key role in the investigation of the irregularities committed during the creation of the Getaria Museum, when writing a report warning of the disappearance of some pieces, such as gloves and handkerchiefs, from the Balenciaga collection.
The appointment has a lot to do with the relationship of Arzalluz with Saillard, with whom he collaborated in works for the Paris Museum in his stage as a freelance. If she has as much taste as she shows in her beautiful Instagram timeline, we predict her success as director of the Fashion Museum of the French capital.