Monday, February 17, 2020

Imane Ayissi

Imane Ayissi, model, dancer, stylist: a man with many talents.

Born of a model mother (elected Miss Cameroon in 1960), and a father boxing champion, he grew up in a family of artists and sportsmen. He started dancing at a very young age in the family group Les Frères Ayissi (Ayissi Leduc, Chantal Ayissi) by performing in several events.

Dance and music

He accompanied many singers on their tours, including Yannick Noah for his European tour “Saga africa” ​​or Marie-José Gibon of the group Kassav ‘, in 1993-1994 with the choral Cherubains of Sarcelle at the Theater Bobino and the Bataclan, in 1995 he performs with the American Artistic Company DARE of the supermodel Gloria Burgess At the Vega Pierre Cardin space, he performs in several Parisian private clubs such as: The Baths, The Palace, Club Vogue, The Arc, Alcazar, Barfly, Hot Brass, The Niels, The Bash, VP Room, The Star, etc. In 1999, he then danced with Patrick Dupond in his ballet Il Danse … The World, Alain Marty, Jean Hugues Tanto of the Paris Opera, then in a choreography of George Momboye in 1993. He also works with the percussionist Guem in 1995, as well as in the Canadian ballet Koke on a choreography by Deborah Brown of Cirque du Soleil. He participated in the closing show of the Bal Balle at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris in the summer of 1995; he plays the supporting role, Hypolite, in Phèdre alongside singer Sylvie Brunet in April 1998 at the esplanade of the Opéra de Saint-Étienne and at the Opéra de Nancy in a staging by Antoine Bourseiller. He is the first dancer in Noé by Georges Bizet, directed by Pierre Jourdan at the Compiègne theater in 2004, plays in the video The words of Mylène Farmer and Seal or Sting (for the tube Brand New Day in 1999), Sides of Fanny Ardant in Phèdre, and is named to the “Nijinski Awards” of Monte-Carlo in 2000.

Teaching dance

From 1993 he gives dance classes at the jazz academy of Salle Pleyel with the famous dancer Tessa Beaumont. At the Paris Center studio, and the academy of choreographic arts of the city Véron in Paris. In 1995-1996 he was invited to give a series of African dance courses to Adase, Association for the development of socio-educational activities, Kremlin-Bicêtre. In 2006-2009, he gives African dance lessons to VINCI staff in the framework of the works council. Autumn 2008 dancer in the show “Dance with Fashion” at Galeries Lafayette in Paris, choreography and staging Mia Frye on a program by Karine Saporta.


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In the same time, after having been finalist of the Mannequin Europe contest organized by Casting Magazine in 1995 in Paris, he leads a modeling career for the big names in couture (Pierre Cardin, Dior, Gian Franco Ferré, Yves Saint Laurent, F Smalto, Lanvin) or sportswear brands (Oakley, Lacoste, Levi’s, Modal, Iguana Surf Challenge), in 1995 he parade for the international Motorola mini mobile phone show at the Carrousel du Louvre organized by the “Fashion in Pictures”.


It is regularly invited by L’Oréal to participate in the shows of the “Haute Coiffure française” pose for advertising campaigns (Gap, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Gitanes, Optical Minima, Lynx optics, Triangles jeans, Browns shoes, Fine cigarettes …) and works with many fashion photographers like Elias (for a series on the creations of the jewelers of the Place Vendôme as Tiffany & Co, Van Cleef & Arpels, Boucheron, Chane Cartier, Chaumet, Dior, Mauboussin …), Stéphane de Bourgies, Alke Hesser, Ernest Collins, Gilles Boyer, Stephane Tourné, Mark Robin, Karim Ramzi, Alain Hermann, Christine Spengler, Bets Nicolas, Pascal Barin, Robert Sajo, Amadeo Styrelo, Marc Antoine Harmau, Philippe Aberegel, Laurent Durant …


Photographed by Stéphane de Bourgies, it illustrates the cover of the disc of a version of Carmina Burana Opera (at EMI classical). He poses for the collection of jeweler Wolfgang Skoluda, the photos made on this occasion by Léa de Saint Julien are exhibited under the title When archeology becomes jewelry at the Queen Margot Gallery in Paris. He is also photographed by Elias with antique jewelry from Mauboussin, Cartier, Chaumet, Fred. From the Louvre des Antiquaires, these photos are exhibited during a fashion show at the studio Pin Up in Paris in 1999. It is photographed by Léa de Saint Julien for a photo titled So pretty Imane Ayissi, this photo won the jury prize in the black and white category of the 2001 Ilford Prize. He is one of the favorite models of the painter François Sasmayoux, for whom he poses for several series of portraits. He continues this career of dancer-model by becoming artistic director of the Summer Ball of Monaco, organized by the princess Catherine Colonna de Stigliano of 2004, 2005, 2008. Imane Ayissi was elected in January 2007 sponsor of the promotion Coup of Gaz de France


In addition to these activities, Imane Ayissi also writes: he published his first book Millang Mi Ngorè – Histoires du soir in September 2006 published by Klanba. It is a collection of imaginary tales inspired by his native Africa. The preface was written by Sultan Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya, the king of the Bamoun kingdom, which is one of the regions of Cameroon. In December 2008 he publishes his second book “The Silence of the Mask” and other African tales published by Les Portes du Soleil.


Sewing and fashion design

But it is especially in his work as a couturier, started from his childhood in Cameroon (where he made his first dresses, especially for his mother) that he invested: he has since 1992 an annual Couture collection , in 1996 he presents a collection at the Night of the Creators at the Palace in Paris under the direction of DMP Perthus, and dresses top models like Katoucha Niane, Esther kamatari, Rebecca Ayoko, Mounia, Kimi Kane, Debra Show, Kine Diouf, Nana Keita, Georgie Badiel, Margareth Lahoussaye-Duvigny, but also sports like Maud Fontenoy, Laura Flessel, Miss France 2003 Corinne Coman, television journalists Vanessa Dolmen, Eugenie Godula for the 47th International Monte Carlo Television Festival 2007, Elizabeth Tchoungui – whose wedding dress he made for his wedding in Rome in July 2005 – artists like the choir artist Marie-Lou Seba, whose wedding dress he also made, the singer Princes s Erika, or the writer Calixte Beyala.

He is regularly invited to present his creations during festivals in France or abroad, he has for example dressed the candidates of the first edition in Martinique and second editions in Dakar in Senegal of the contest “Ebony top model” organized by the top model Katoucha. He ensures the style of the show that accompanied the launch ceremony of the Vivendi group. In 1996 he presented his collection “Bilik” in the show Je passe à la télé on France 3, broadcast by Georges Beller and Valérie Mairesse and won the vote of the spectators.

In March 2000, he presented his collection at the International Lion’s Club party at the 17th arrondissement of Paris. In May 2000, he presented a haute couture parade at the Licra International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism at the Town Hall of Joinville-le-Pont for the benefit of Congo’s children. In 2003 invited by the Institute of Political Studies of Paris, Science-po, as part of its traditional “week of the arts”, he presents a fashion show with his couture collection at the amphitheater Emile Boutmy.

In 2002 he presents his collection at the golf trophy “Grands Crus de Bourgogne Jacques Laffite” in Dijon with Altadis. In 2003 he was invited, among many personalities to participate in the big parade show “together” of the closing gala, organized by the handi-art association, of the European Year of Disabled People with the Minister of Health at the Unesco in Paris. In 2003 he is invited for the cultural week of the American University of Paris and presents his collection with the students as a model. Her dresses also served as a showcase for Swarowski’s jewelery during the presentation of the brand’s collection at the Carrousel du Louvre in 2004. Also in 2004, he presented his collections in a fashion show at INSEAD for the cultural week on the theme “Africa Week”.

In 2004, he presents his collection during the International Day of Francophonie in the presence of Mr. Abdou Diouf, Secretary General of the International Organization of the Francophonie and many other personalities. He has dressed the models at major hair shows: the Claude Maxime show at the Empire Theater in 2004, several shows of Vog Coiffure Paris, or the Mondial Coiffure at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. But he is also working on more affordable clothes, he designed a collection for the brand Multiples in 2003, and created a draped top for La Redoute for summer 2006.

He was a finalist, for his ready-to-wear collection “Seven & Imane Ayissi”, at the Grand Prix of Creation of the City of Paris, category “fashion confirmed” in November 2006, at the City Hall of Paris. In January 2007 Imane Ayissi among the 18 artists of the world of the fashion who agreed to marry a noble cause, by creating their casaque of the heart in favor of Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque around Marionnaud Prix d’Amérique and the French horse.
March 2007, Imane Ayissi support the 100,000 glasses operation, solidarity begins with a look, fashion show at the Dapper Museum in Paris with the Krys Foundation for Sight, who decided to collect the glasses and send them to those who particularly in Africa and Brazil.

For the Sensorial Diaspora 2007 exhibition (October 2, 2007 to January 16, 2008) directed by Claire Denis at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, Imane Ayissi created the jewelry and costumes for the African video in the space created by filmmaker Jean -Pierre Bekolo.



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