Ali Mahdavi


Born in Tehran in 1974, Ali Mahdavi is an artist whose plurality allows him to range from photographer, multimedia artist to film and artistic director. He lives and works in Paris.

In 1981, he was forced to flee Iran with his family. In Paris, he decided to follow in interest in Art, which he started to study at the famous « Ecole Boulle ». Attracted to the world of fashion, he joined the “Ecole Duperré”. In 1992, he is hired as a fashion designer by Mister Thierry Mugler for the “pret à porter” and the “Couture” studio. In 1996 he is admitted into the « Ecole Nationale supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris», From January to June 1998, he was an exchange student in the department of painting at the Royal College of Arts in London. Two years later he graduated from the “Beaux Arts” with the unanimous best honors “Summa Cum Laude”

Ali Madhavi is 26 years old when he is spotted by fashion scouts, following an exhibition of his work at Galerie 213, as plastic artist and photographer, that expressed his interest in the worship of Beauty, his fascination for the human’s body and its alterations. From that point on, he starts shooting for prestigious magazines.

Advertising campaigns for famous brands (photographs and videos) and the shooting of many fashion and movie stars naturally followed. . He consecutively became the Artistic Director of the « Crazy Horse Paris » and directed the ”Desire” revue, with choreographer Philippe Decouflé. In 2011 he won the « Grand Prix du Centre du Luxe ».


Vogue, Russia, Japan, Germany, Vogue Homme International, Vogue Gioellio, Vanity Fair US and Italy, Numéro France, Numéro Homme, Numéro Japan, Numéro China, Glamour Italy, Citizen K, I-d Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Next Liberation, Tank Magazine, So Figaro, Candy Magazine, Weasteast Magazine, Sorbet Magazine…


Tom ford, Kylie Minogue, Rita Ora, Marilyn Manson, Marion Cotillard, Catherine Deneuve, Karl Lagerfeld, Donatella Versace, Tilda Swinton, Jean Dujardin, Giorgio Armani, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dita Von Teese. Christian Louboutin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincent Cassel, Monica Bellucci, Alice Cooper, John Galliano, Milla Jovovich, Isabelle Huppert, Kristin Scott Thomas, Naomi Watts…

Campaigns: (photos and films):

Cartier, Piaget, Thierry Mugler perfume, Thierry Mugler beauty, Christian Louboutin, Aubade, Cointreau, Dom Perignon, Agent Provocateur, Bill Blass, Balmain, Wonderbra…

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