Celebrating the rebellious master couture, Azzedine Alaïa, the Tunisian designer was recognized during his life for expressing the beauty of a woman’s form in the most refined degree of haute couture.
The Design Museum in London presents Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier, a major exhibition exploring the late designer’s unique creative talent and the timeless beauty of his work.
Envisaged and curated by Monsieur Alaïa and Mark Wilson, Chief Curator of the Groninger Museum, the exhibition comprises designs stretching throughout Alaïa’s career from the early 1980s to his last creations.
The display provides a unique examination of the designer’s personal approach that defied the rules of fashion and creates his own fashion brand. Alaïa would work on certain pieces for years 2 at a time and would display his creations when they were ready, not when the fashion season dictated.
Azzedine Alaïa designed by draping and sculpting by hand on his models, meticulously cutting all his own patterns. The exhibition presents over 60 outstanding examples of his craft over the course of his career including the zipped dress, the bandage dress, the corset belt, the stretch body, perforated leather, as well as iconic pieces made in his early years as a couturier, always with an eye to magnify a woman’s body.
Dividing the gallery is a series of specially commissioned architectural interventions by leading artists and designers with whom he entertained a long-term creative dialogue – Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, Marc Newson, Kris Ruhs, and Tatiana Trouvé.
Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier provides an exploration into one of the greatest and most respected fashion designers in history. His personal approach, the particular rapport he established with his muses, models, clients, and friends and his quest for perfection created a designer virtually without peer.