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Sunday, 19 November 2017
Fashion Designer Azzedine Alaia Passes Away At 77 After Suffering From Heart Failure
Noted fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa passed away in Paris due to heart failure.
He was 77 years old.
Read excerpts below via Vogue:
The Sphinx-like designer, once dubbed “the King of Cling”, was highly revered for his garments that moulded the body into extraordinary proportions, the product of an obsessive craftsman who bears more resemblance to a sculptor than a fashion designer.
“Azzedine Alaïa was a true visionary, and a remarkable man. He will be deeply missed by all of those who knew and loved him, as well as by the women around the world who wore his clothes,” said Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful this morning. “The generosity of his spirit and genius of his designs will never be forgotten.”
Born in Tunis on 26 February 1940 to wheat farmers, Alaïa was an early devotee to Vogue and cheated his way into the local Institut Supérieur des Beaux Arts in Tunis to study sculpture. He noted that “when I realised I couldn’t be an amazing sculptor, I changed direction” – segueing into fashion. He began assisting a dress-maker and, having built up a private client base, he moved to Paris in 1957. He soon got a job at Christian Dior, in the midst of the Algerian war, but was dismissed for having incorrect immigration papers.
From Dior he went to Guy Laroche, where he spent two seasons, then to Thierry Mugler, but a series of high-society patrons allowed him to set up his own workshop. Elegant swans such as the Comtesse of Blegiers offered him lodgings in exchange for dress-making and babysitting. Hollywood stars such as Greta Garbo and the Seventies jet-set, which included Marie-Hélène de Rothschild, came regularly for fittings.