‘My obsession is to make women beautiful. When you create with that in mind, things can’t go out of fashion.’
The Design Museum celebrates the work of rebellious outsider’ Azzedine Alaïa. This is the first UK solo exhibition of his work. Conceived and co-curated with Monsieur Alaïa before his death in November 2017, the exhibition charts his incredible journey from sculptor to couturier, his nonconformist nature and his infectious energy for fashion, friendship and the female body.
Unlike many of his contemporaries, Alaïa personally constructed each garment by hand and refused to bow to the pressures of fashion week deadlines, instead working to his own schedule. His collaborative approach earned him an esteemed client list, including Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Michelle Obama and Rihanna.
Rather than a retrospective, the show interlaces stories of his life and career alongside over 60 personally selected garments, ranging from the rare to the iconic and spanning the early 1980s to his most last collection in 2017. The exhibition begins May 10 and will run through October 2018.
The Design Museum
224-238 Kensington High St,
W8 6AG, UK