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Fashion giant Azzedine Alaia dies at 77
This file photo taken on September 7, 2017 shows Franco-Tunisien fashion designer Azzedine Alaia posing for a photograph at the Maison Alaia in Paris. Alaia died aged 77, according to the French Haute Couture Federation, AFP reports on November 18, 2017. FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP.

by Frédéric Pouchot


PARIS (AFP).- French-Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaia, whose timeless gowns won an army of devotees around the world, has died at the age of 77, his couture house said, sparking an outpouring of tributes from across the world.

Alaia, who rose to fame in the 1980s, refused to march to the beat of international fashion weeks, releasing his collections in his own time with scant concern for publicity.

Praise poured in online with designer Ines de la Fressange tweeting: "Small in stature but huge in the world. Adieu Azzedine Alaia."

Barbadian superstar Rihanna Instagrammed a picture of the designer kissing her at a dinner with the caption, "my dear ALAIA.... you will live on forever. rip."

"We have lost a designer of great talent. It is very sad news," fellow creator Pierre Cardin told AFP.

And Victoria Beckham tweeted: "A sad day... You were a true master and one of my biggest inspirations."

Alaia was born to a farming family in Tunisia in 1940 and studied sculpture at the capital's fine arts school before working at a modest neighbourhood dressmaker's shop.

He moved to Paris in the late 1950s, working briefly for Dior and Guy Laroche before going solo, winning a reputation for sexy designs celebrating the female form.

His muses ranged from French actress and singer Arletty to Hollywood icon Greta Garbo and statuesque Jamaican singer and actress Grace Jones.

He was dubbed the "King of Cling" for his form-fitting gowns.

"I like women," he told AFP in a 2013 interview. "I never think about doing new things, about being creative, but about making clothing that will make women beautiful."

He joked at the time: "It's better that I come clean about it while I'm alive -- I won't give a damn about it when I'm dead."

Naomi Campbell, Michelle Obama
Alaia himself was discreet and invariably clad in a black high-necked Chinese suit.

His catwalk shows at his shop in Paris's chic Marais district were low-key as well, earning a loyal clientele of fashionistas who wanted luxury without showing off.

Former US first lady Michelle Obama was among his haute couture fans but Alaia also produced ready-to-wear collections, while ignoring pressure to systematically refresh his ideas every season.

He signed a development deal with Prada in 2000, but quit seven years later to work with Swiss luxury group Richemont.

Perhaps due to his training as a sculptor, Alaia worked on his designs from their conception in 3D, rarely visualising them first using pen and paper.

Global success did not change his working habits and he continued throughout his career to work deep into the night, often to the soundtrack of old movies.

"With him, everything was at its height -- couture, art, the demand he put on people," said Francois-Henri Pinault, CEO of luxury group Kering.

His final show, in July, was opened by British supermodel Naomi Campbell -- one of his protegees, who affectionately knew him as "Papa".


© Agence France-Presse





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