August 5, 2018
“JE SUIS COUTURIER” AZZEDINE ALAIA
When news broke of Azzedine Alaïa’s death in November 2017, people’s reaction was reminiscent of how people reacted to Gianni Versace’s death in 1997. I knew of him and his brand but I didn’t really know much about his aesthetic, which is why I was very interested to see the “Je Suis Couturier” exhibit in Paris. Held in 18 rue de la verrerie, where he lived and worked, the exhibit featured a limited number of curated iconic dresses. It was a small, compact exhibit but it allowed viewers to get up-close to his creations and really appreciate his designs. At the end of the exhibit, I understood why he was such an amazing fashion designer.
Going through each piece, one begins to understand the master that he was but one also realizes that you must have a very good physique to do justice to his creations. He really truly embraced the figure of a woman and dubbed “The King of Cling” since he released his first collection in 1980.
His designs also have a distinct edge to it. His dresses give off a vibe that is feminine but also very rock-and-roll. No wonder people like the Kardashians, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Victoria Beckham love him.
The cuts in his designs are bold but cool. I can imagine someone else attempting these looks and ending up with pieces that look cheap and tacky.
I also love how he plays with texture and fabric.
His use of hardware is so innovative.
Mr. Alaïa, you truly were a master. How I wish to one day fit in your pieces! It’ll definitely be vintage and a rare and expensive find if and when that happens!
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