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"Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier": a Tribute to a Fashion Legend

Six months after the death of Azzedine Alaïa, London homages the famous Designer’s talent and the timeless beauty of his creations with the great exhibition "Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier" on show at the London Design Museum until October 7th, 2018.

It tells the uniqueness of a revolutionary genius, the only major designer to produce collections on his own timetable, against the frenetic rhythm of the fashion world and its constant and obsessive search for the "new". A pressure to which the famous couturier has always escaped, presenting his collections not when the calendar of the fashion system dictated but only when he really felt ready to go on the catwalk.

Alaïa himself was involved in the planning of the Design Museum exhibition, together with Mark Wilson. The plan was set up according to the instructions that the Tunisian stylist had given before his sudden death occurred on November 18, including the selection of 60 rare outfits, some of which created for the occasion.

Each step of his long career, from the early '70s up to 2017, is represented by his most original creations such as the dress with ruffles inspired by Spain, the bandeau dress, the belt-corset, the dress-sculpture in fabric of stretched lycra and the creations made with perforated leather. It is an exhibition of outfits of a timeless elegance presented in chronological and thematic order altogether: from the sculpture approach to decorativism style, from the oversized volumes to the "wrapped forms", from the exotic influences to the historical inspirations.

The scenic background chosen for his wonderful creations is a timeline of iconic images as landmarks of Alaïa's career, from his first experiences at Christian Dior’s in Paris in the late fifties, to his friendship with Franca and Carla Sozzani, to the emotional bond with one of his muses, Naomi Campbell, who was only 16 when she first paraded for him.

The exhibition celebrates Azzedine Alaïa’s creativity and his respect towards both his own inspiration and the woman's body, always empowered and never overshadowed. A free artist, as the welcoming quote says at the entrance to the exhibition: «I always feel free. When I don’t want something I don't do it».