Homage to Alaïa.
Tunisian couturier, Azzedine AlaÏa, has been on the forefront of haute couture for decades. His early studies at the Fine Arts School in Tunis, where he lied about his age to be accepted, and his work with Guy Laroche, allowed him to create handcrafted women’s clothing of superior quality. In 1970, he opened his own extremely exclusive boutique in Paris where he dressed the likes of Greta Garbo and Grace Jones. Finally, in 1980, he began producing ready-to-wear pieces, which attracted an even larger audience. Dubbed the King of Cling, his slinky figures, and feminine designs drew the stars of the time; Naomi Campbell, Madonna, and Shakira are just a few devoted fans of the couturier. The retrospective, curated by Olivier Saillard, traces his work from the 1980’s up until 2017, and promises to show his most famous designs, such as the purple hooded gown worn by Grace Jones in A View to Kill (1985). It will be hosted by Milan’s Palazzo Clerici during the city’s fashion week from the 20th to the 25th of this month.