LONDON (AFP) – An exhibition devoted to French-Tunisian dressmaker Azzedine Alaia – lauded for his trademark zipped and bandage clothes – opens in London this week, six months after his dying aged 82.
Among the clothes on show might be many which have grow to be style icons, together with his famed white hooded costume.
Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier – which runs till October 7 – will exhibit 60 clothes chosen by Alaia earlier than he died in November 2017.
The present traces the work of the maestro from the early 1980s to 2017, documenting an industry-defining profession.
A perfectionist to the tip, Alaia chosen the clothes himself earlier than his dying in collaboration with Mark Wilson – curator of the Groninger Museum within the Netherlands.
“He re-made everything for the exhibition for the mannequins. He was like the master of cut and fit so he wouldn’t just take something and try to fit it onto a mannequin,” Wilson informed AFP.
“He was really a sculptor, he worked on the body. It’s all about the cut, it all about how a garment will fit on a woman’s body.” As an admirer of magnificence and femininity, he used his distinctive expertise to provide “power” to girls and the clothes are a testomony to that, Wilson mentioned.
“He loved women. He wanted to make women look amazing, powerful. That’s why women loved him…. He wanted women to feel really confident.” The son of a Tunisian farmer, Alaia labored for the native seamstress to fund his research in Paris the place he initially labored beneath the steering of Yves Saint Laurent at Christian Dior.
Supported by a following of loyal purchasers, in his later years he was in a position to pursue his personal initiatives away from the limelight.