Azzedine Alaïa has passed away this 18th November of this year and fashion world has shown its grievance for they recognized they have lost great talent.
Alaia was a Tunisian born designer who has become known for his designs in the 1080s. The rise to fame of this great designer should inspire everyone, his modest upbringing in Tunisia, born in the household of wheat farmers did not stop him to achieve his dreams to become a designer and not just any designer, but one that was at the top of the world fashion design industry.
Young Azzedine got his introduction to the world of glamour through his twin sister who herself was very into it. His mother’s French friend supplied the twins with Vogue magazines and fed his need for creativity. The young boy then had to be very clever when he decided to cross the institution and lie about his age to get in École des Beaux-Arts in Tunis. At that place, he learned so much about the human form and sculpture.
After graduation, Alaia worked shortly as an assistant and then moved to the capital of Fashion, one and only, Paris. In the city of lights, he had huge experience when he got to work for names such as Dior, Guy Laroche, Thierry Mugler. He went on his own in the 70s when he opened his first atelier – which is still a very big deal for any designer, especially in a city such as Paris.
He proved himself to be a very good designer and has got some huge names on his client list. Great Greta Garbo was one of his clients, so were Marie-Hélène de Rothschild and Louise de Vilmorin. Through the years his client list was enriched with names of so many celebrities such as Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Madonna and so many more. They became his friends and showed their love for him these few days when they grieved after him. Truly a loss for so many of them, and for anyone in the fashion industry, as he left them and us a legacy of so many iconic looks.
It is worth mentioning that Alaia’s work was recognized while he was alive and that is the best gift one can be given. The industry did not wait for him to depart the earthly realm to appreciate what he had given to the industry he worked in.