Known as a sculptor of the female form, and worn by women from Michelle Obama to Lady Gaga, Mr. Alaïa was equally famous for his rejection of the fashion system and his belief that it had corrupted the creative power of what could be an art form.
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the greatest and most uncompromising designers of the 20th and 21st centuries, died on Saturday in Paris. He was 82.
A tribute from one of his most passionate fans:
He was ours…born in Tunisia, but OURS.
I am heartbroken.
Did you know he wanted to be a sculptor, but felt that he wasn’t good enough (talk about modesty) and so changed direction and became a couturier? He never lost that sensibility, as he was more sculptor than designer.
He didn’t give a damn about trends…just perfection!
He showed collections sporadically, always saying that only when the collection was ready would it be shown.
I just keep writing, because it keeps the tears at bay…
Rest in Peace, Mr. Alaia.