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Designer Azzedine Alaïa Has Died In Paris At Age 77

Designer Azzedine Alaia

The world of fashion lost one of its greatest “architects”. Azzedine Alaia died at the age 77. The Tunisian-born designer is known for the flowing extravagant silhouettes of his clothes that turn women into living sculptures. Sculpture, after all, is his first love, which he abandons because of fashion. At 17, Azzedine moved to Paris in the midst of the war with Algeria in 1957, and immediately received a job at Christian Dior.

He later worked for Guy Laroche and Thierry Mugler and gradually created his own star clientele, including Greta Garbo and Marie Helen Rothschild. His first ready to wear collection, was shown in 1980 and caused a sensation with the volumes created with feathers.

In 1992, Alaia, who has always kept a mysterious silence just like his idol Garbo, has withdrawn from fashion after the death of his sisters. Six years later, he was surprisingly showing his first haute couture collection. Madonna, Tina Turner, Grace Jones, Janet Jackson are within the stars, who wore Alaia’s clothes for world premieres.

In July of this year the couturier showed a magnificent collection.

Rest in peace, Maestro!


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