Tunisian born couturier Azzedine Alaïa sadly passed away yesterday.
Known for his garments that moulded to the body, Alaïa earned himself the nickname “king of cling”
Born in Tunisia, Alaïa rose to fame in the early 80’s, after previously training as a sculptor and moving on then to ‘sculpting women’s clothing’, he previously has worked for couture houses such as Christian Dior, Guy Laroche and Thierry Mulger, until he opened his first atelier in his little rue de Bellechasse apartment the late 1970s.
"Azzedine Alaïa was a true visionary, and a remarkable man. He will be deeply missed by all of those who knew and loved him, as well as by the women around the world who wore his clothes," editor-in-chief Edward Enninful. "
Known for not only his timeless pieces but also his uncompromising attitude to exhibit his designs to his own schedule, Alaïa was also uninterested in the publicity of fashion weeks.
Former US first lady Michelle Obama was just one of many of his couture fans and tributes on social have been flooding in, including that of Rihanna’s, whom he made a stunning red gown for her appearance at the 2013 Grammys.
Azzedine Alaïa’s final show took place in Paris back in July and was opened and closed by legendary supermodel Naomi Campbell who also had a close bond with the designer, the show featured an array of textures, fabrics and shapes, and was typical
See 5 of his best looks below.
May his legacy continue...
Written by Hannah Corkhill