Tribute to Azzedine Alaïa
Azzedine Alaïa, defined by many as the sculptor who models human figures, is for us a couturier, lover of fashion, and a great perfectionist who knew how to handle the needle with the precision of a surgeon.
He began working as an assistant for fashion designers before graduating and soon began receiving his first orders from customers in love with his way of empowering the female body. During the late 50s he moved to Paris where he started working for big fashion maisons like Christian Dior, Guy Laroche or Thierry Mugler.
It was in the decade of the 70s when he opened his small atelier in rue de Bellechasse, Le Marais, and began almost in secret to create the outfits of the Parisian jet set of the moment. At the beginning of the 80s, Azzedine Alaïa decided to launch his first collection composed of pieces with an important sexy component and made of leather, a lesson that redefined the body and at the same time transformed it.
“When I see beautiful clothes, I want to keep them, preserve them... Clothes, like architecture and art, reflect an era.” Azzedine Alaïa
Azzedine Alaïa was one of the few designers inclined to follow his own ideas and ignore fashion schedules, creating his collections at his own pace. His ability to do so was due to his extraordinary talent and fashion’s insatiable appetite for his designs. His skill at cutting and his individual take on classic silhouettes have made Alaïa popular for decades; his designs remain the aspirational zenith for many.
In 2017, after returning to haute couture, a serious fall ends the life of the designer. It leaves us the legacy of a free and unique man, perhaps the great teacher we had left.