September 18, 2018

AZZEDINE ALAÏA - Je Suis Couturier

AZZEDINE ALAÏA - Je Suis Couturier

Azzedine Alaïa was one of the great couturiers. A man with a destiny, he ignored the fashion calendar and obeyed no rules but his own. This exhibition Je suis Couturier is not so much about looking back at the designers life but celebrating the timelessness of his work, which is as relevant today as originally intended.   

 

alaia leather dress

Tunisian by birth Alaïa lived in Paris, and was renowned for his ‘second skin’ creations – sensuous body hugging forms. Dubbed the King of Cling, he was a hands-on creator who constantly challenged himself, and a designer that evidently loved dressing women.

 

‘My obsession is to make women beautiful. When you create with that in mind, things can’t go out of fashion.’

 

alaia cling dress

 

Alaïa originally trained as a sculptor in Tunisia and began his career in fashion in Haute Couture at the houses of Christian Dior and later Guy Laroche before going on to establish his own Maison Alaïa. His designs are works of art, sculptures for the body that he created using his hands to shape and mould the fabric, in the same way a sculptor uses clay. He is renowned for employing Haute Couture techniques in his Prêt à Porter pieces, where he hand-cut patterns himself and fitted originals with his own hands – sculpting and shaping fabric. 

 

azzedine alaia white halter neck dress

A trademark feature of his work is the intricacy of the fabric – the embellishment always integrated within the fabric as opposed to layered on top. Complex patterns, lazer cuts and eyelets are all interwoven, challenging the capabilities of the craftsman in Japan and Italy. This results in very fine knits, leathers and chiffons, that are lightweight and fluid for the wearer, sensuous on the body. 

 

Alaia gold dress

His preferred colour palette was rich, discreet and sophisticated, favouring camels, browns and greys, white and black. He loved black and wore it daily himself. He created exquisite designs in black, often seemingly reducing the complexity of the design to a graphic silhouette, but he preferred the anonymity of black as it allowed the focus to be on the wearer not the clothing.

 alaia black dresses

‘I like black, because for me it is a very happy colour.’

 

alaia dresses

 

‘I always feel free. When I don’t want something I don’t make it.’

 

azzedine alaia 

Azzedine Alaïa  (1935 – 2017)

Je Suis Couturier is at the Design Museum London until October 7th 2018




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Sizing Chart
AVA VERDÚ
XS
S
M
L
UK

6/8

8/10

12

14

USA

2/4

4/6

8

10

EUR/DE

34

36

38

40

FR

36

38

40

42

IT

40

42

44

46

BUST cms

84 (82-86)

88 (86-90)

92 (90-94)

96 (94-98)

WAIST cms

64 (62-66)

68 (66-70)

72 (70-74)

76 (74-78)

HIP cms

90 (88-92)

94 (92-96)

98 (96-100)

102 (100-104)

DETAILED MEASUREMENTS

BUST: Measure around the fullest part of your chest

WAIST: Measure around the narrowest part of your waistline

HIP: Measure at the fullest part of your hips

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