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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.


PARIS (REUTERS) – Tunisian-born clothier Azzedine Alaia, who dressed stars from Greta Garbo to Grace Jones and Lady Gaga, died in Paris on the age of 77, the French Federation of Haute Couture and Fashion mentioned on Saturday (Nov 18).

The designer was a star of the Paris style world within the 1980s and 1990s, when fashions Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell strode down the catwalks in his trademark figure-hugging designs.

Dubbed the “King of Cling”, his clothes have been worn by former US first woman Michelle Obama, pop singer Madonna and French actress Marion Cotillard.

Born right into a farming household in Tunis in 1940, Alaia – who all the time wore black – began out in French style homes Christian Dior, Guy Laroche and Thierry Mugler however after establishing his personal agency he not often took half within the Paris Fashion Weeks.

“A small man but huge in the world of fashion,” French mannequin Inès de la Fressange wrote on Twitter.

Unesco director-general Audrey Azoulay, a former French tradition minister, mentioned Alaia was a “genius weaving links between fashion, architecture and sculpture, creating dresses to highlight women’s bodies”.


PARIS (AFP) – French-Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaia, whose timeless robes gained a military of devotees across the world, has died on the age of 77, France’s style federation mentioned on Saturday (Nov 18).

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“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.

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