Olivier Saillard is one of fashion’s premier historians and curators. He has curated some of the most innovative and exclusive fashion exhibitions at the Musée de la Mode in Paris and Marseille, the Musée Bordelle and the Victoria & Albert museum in London. Most noted for his critically acclaimed ‘Madame Grès’ exhibition in 2011, Saillard also curated the ‘Comme des Garçons: White Drama’ retrospective and the ‘Balenciaga Fashion Collector’ exhibition at Les Docks, Cite de la Mode et du Design in 2012 and staged the live performance art exhibition ‘The Impossible Wardrobe’, featuring relics worn by Marie Antoinette, Napoleon and Elsa Schiaperelli, in collaboration with Tilda Swinton at the Palais de Tokyo. Saillard was appointed as director of the Musée Galliera Paris in 2010. The historic museum, was closed for renovations from 2010, re-opened in September 2013 with an Azzedine Alaïa retrospective curated by Saillard.
Saillard studied archaeology and contemporary art in Besançon, eastern France and Montpellier before being drafted for mandatory military service. Having spent his younger years browsing through museums in Paris, the young graduate requested to serve out his public service as a ‘conscientious objector’at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, where he secured an assistant position following his release from duty. Saillard spent five years as director of the Musée de la Mode in Marseille before returning to Paris in 2002. Serving as fashion curator at the Parisian Musée de la Mode prior to his current appointment, Saillard staged a number of exhibition featuring Yohji Yamamoto , Christian Lacroix and Sonia Rykiel from the museums vast archive.