“Les robes” is first and foremost a generous album, in terms of both its size and its colours, and is the joint creation of the illustrator, Albertine, and the author, Germano Zullo. Each double page opens up to reveal an extravagant gown drawn to a large scale. In front of each gown is a short text describing a moment in its life and humorously constructing a portrait of a number of characters. A quirky hall of mirrors with an intimate scope, which Albertine exposes to the full light of day.
In a magical and unique exhibition, eight gowns, selected and fashioned by Albertine, will come to life at the Book Fair. Staged in giant disco snow-globes, characterising trivial mass production, and positioned in the entrance hall at Palexpo, these gowns will be there to greet visitors and transport them into the universe of Albertine: shimmering, original and totally free.
It is only a single step from the page to reality at the Geneva Fair for Books and Press.
An illustrator born in Geneva in 1967, Albertine already has several children’s books to her credit, produced in collaboration with Germano Zullo and other authors. They include, in particular, “Les oiseaux” (Little Bird), “Les gratte-ciel” (Sky High), “Dada” and “Bimbi”. Her latest work, “Les robes” (The Gowns) led to an exhibition of her original drawings at L’Art à la page in Paris last November.