It’s time to experience yet again another magnificent edition of fashion museums found in the beautiful city of Paris. The ALAÏA Azzedine Foundation isn’t just any ordinary gallery that showcases an artists pieces, but rather one that takes fashion representation to another level. In fact, this gallery will take your breath away!
So who is Azzedine Alaïa? He was a couturier and shoe designer from Tunisia. Born in Tunis on the 26th of February 1935 and unfortunately passing away in Paris in November of 2017, he was recognized as one of the best designers. His love for fashion and design was in fact inspired by his twin sister. He began his work in Paris with yet another formidable designer, Christian Dior, but had to leave just a week after due to the Algerian War but this did not stop his drive to be one of the greatest fashion designers. In fact, he then went on to work with the likes of Thierry Mugler and Guy Laroche.
Alaïa’s pieces were well-known for the tight-fitting style in order to enhance the curves and reveal the body of whoever wore his pieces. His range was seen across the boards. He preferred more neutral colors and broader shoulders but over the years he began incorporating corsets and bust wiring.
My favorite piece is one from 1985 which is a long white dress. This dress also became the inspiration of Elle MacPherson’s wedding dress. Alaïa uses simplicity and elegance together to create a phenomenal piece.
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