Azzedine Alaia image from Joe McKenna’s untitled documentary
The fashion world mourned, as news came yesterday that eminent designer Azzedine Alaia had passed away in Paris, aged 77. The cause of death was apparently heart failure.
Born in Tunisia in 1940, he started his career in the City of Light as a teen working for Dior, then Guy Laroche and Thierry Mugler. He shot to genuine fame in the 80s with his own ready-to-wear label, eventually dressing Grace Jones, Madonna, Janet Jackson – and becoming the unofficial designer to the first wave of supermodels. His form-fitting creations notably and stunningly adorned the likes Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell. In recent years, his devotees included Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham, Rihanna…even First Lady Michelle Obama.
Earlier in 2017 Joe McKenna had released an untitled but beautifully shot documentary on Alaia.
Celebrity friends took to Twitter to share their love, tributes and lamentations.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 18, 2017
A true artist, genius and master. He was always kind, friendly and supportive of me. He welcomed me when I first came to Paris. We had some great adventures and many good times. His talent is unparalleled and his character playfully generous… https://t.co/ThOXufGTaX pic.twitter.com/SsgzNR3zl7
— Marc Jacobs (@themarcjacobs) November 18, 2017
— British Vogue (@BritishVogue) November 18, 2017