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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell – his adoptive daughter – among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast
Azzedine Alaïa, the tunisian-born iconic couturier of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, died in Paris peacefully and without suffering at age 82. Alaïa was a legend in the industry was known for his structured, exacting tailoring and his refusal to bow to industry timetables and marketing pressures, preferring to work at his own pace. That’s down to his skill at cutting and his signature, supremely identifiable silhouettes, but even more so, perhaps, to his proud insistence that he go his own way in fashion. Alaïa held intimate shows in his Paris headquarters off-schedule and weeks after the fashion crowds left town. In rejecting the official calendar, he created an aura around his clothes that made them only more desirable.
@azzedinealaiaofficial, the iconoclastic couturier, has passed away in Paris. When other designers were asked about their icon, the answer more often than not was the French-Tunisian King of Cling. Tap the link in our bio for more on Alaïa’s life and love of design. Photographed by @ArthurElgort, Vogue, February 1986.
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