THE Tunisian-born couturier Azzedine Alaïa has died in Paris on the age of 77. The Sphinx-like designer, as soon as dubbed “the King of Cling”, was extremely revered for his clothes that moulded the physique into extraordinary proportions, the product of an obsessive craftsman who bears extra resemblance to a sculptor than a designer.
“Azzedine Alaïa was a real visionary, and a outstanding man. He shall be deeply missed by all of those that knew and beloved him, in addition to by the ladies all over the world who wore his garments,” stated Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful this morning. “The generosity of his spirit and genius of his designs won’t ever be forgotten.”
Born in Tunis on 26 February 1940 to wheat farmers, Alaïa was an early devotee to Vogue and cheated his means into the native Institut Supérieur des Beaux Arts in Tunis to check sculpture. He famous that “after I realised I could not be a tremendous sculptor, I modified route” – segueing into vogue. He started aiding a dress-maker and, having constructed up a non-public consumer base, he moved to Paris in 1957. He quickly obtained a job at Christian Dior, within the midst of the Algerian struggle, however was dismissed for having incorrect immigration papers.
From Dior he went to Man Laroche, the place he spent two seasons, then to Thierry Mugler, however a sequence of high-society patrons allowed him to arrange his personal workshop. Elegant swans such because the Comtesse of Blegiers supplied him lodgings in alternate for dress-making and babysitting. Hollywood stars akin to Greta Garbo and the Seventies jet-set, which included Marie-Hélène de Rothschild, got here repeatedly for fittings.
He produced his first ready-to-wear assortment in 1980, along side a transfer to a studio within the Marais. It was a smash hit: moulded in leather-based, it was as erotically charged because it was ground-breaking.
Over time he continued to create collections to the beat of his personal drum, eschewing the standard seasonal calendars, from which he retired in 1992: “When the gathering is prepared, it’s prepared,” was Alaïa’s angle. He confirmed a shock couture assortment in July, his first since 2011, during which Naomi Campbell made a uncommon catwalk look to rapturous critiques.