[Loving] Azzedine Alaia's Beautiful Craft

Azzedine Alaia basically makes all the clothes I want.  For those of you who don't know him, Azzedine is a Tunisian born designer who moved to Paris in the 1950s and worked as a tailor for Christian Dior and Thierry Mugler, going on to launch his first boutique in the 1970s. He went on to be stocked in Bergdorffs and Harrods when his pieces made appearances in many a movie in the 1980s.  What a lot of people don't know is that Azzedine is the man behind the bodycon and lazer cutting phenomenons...

His sister sadly died suddenly in 1990 and Alaia disappeared from the fashion scene until signed a partnership with Prada in 2000. Working with Prada saw him through a second impressive renaissance, and in July 2007, he successfully bought back his house and brand name from the Prada group, though his footwear and leather goods division continues to be developed and produced by them.

Elle UK Editor, Lorraine Candy in Azzedine Alaia / Sofia Coppola's Azzedine Alaia Wedding Dress

He is famous for creating 'clothes not trends' - remaining free from seasonal fashion.  Catherine Lardeur, the former editor and chief of French Marie Claire in the 1980s, stated in an interview that "Fashion is dead. Designers nowadays do not create anything, they only make clothes so people and the press would talk about them.  But Alaia remains the king. He is smart enough to not only care about having people talk about him. He only holds fashion shows when he has something to show, on his own time frame. Even when Prada owned him he remained free and did what he wanted to do."

Alaia's pieces are right up my street - well structured, usually monochrome and intricate without being fussy. Here are some of my favourite pieces (and they don't come cheap):

As a final note, if you don't have a spare fortune to drop on a piece of Alaia's designs -  I strongly recommend you buy his tights.  Think what bodycon does to your midriff - multiply by a thousand and that gives you a rough idea of how good the tights are... For £45, they're £5000 cheaper than liposuction.  Matches stock them, here.


Unknown said...

This is the first I have heard of Assendine (where have I been I know!) and have to say I love all the picture you posted of his stuff.

Great Find!


ALLIE NYC said...

Very interesting and educational post. I did not know he pioneered the laser cutting method.

Ali of:


Unknown said...

Hi !

I want one. NOW! so flattering and feminine. great post!

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