The Design Museum launches a major retrospective of Azzedine Alaïa, conceived and co-curated with the designer prior to his death in November 2017, which spans the early 1980s to his last creations.
The display provides a unique examination of the designer’s personal approach which defied the rules of fashion. Alaïa would work on certain pieces for years at a time and display his creations when they were ready, not when the fashion season dictated. The exhibition presents over 60 examples of his craft over the course of his career including the zipped dress, the bandage dress, the corset belt, the stretch body and perforated leather, as well as iconic pieces made in his early years as a couturier.
Presented against a backdrop of photography illustrating his life as well as personal quotes, Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier provides an exploration into the story of one of the greatest and most respected fashion designers in history. His personal approach and the rapport he established with his muses, models, clients and friends ensured he will always be remembered.
Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier at the Design Museum, opens 10th May - 7th October 2018.