Entitled « Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier », the exhibition, scheduled from May 10 to October 7, was originally arranged with Alaïa himself, as he participated in the selection of some 60 works to be presented.
The exhibition will invite visitors to discover what made of Alaïa one of the most adored personalities in the world of fashion: his « mastery of cutting, sewing, adjustment », his use of « innovative shapes and materials « .
» Azzedine Alaïa has been recognized throughout his life as a fashion designer who has expressed the timeless beauty of feminine forms at the finest level of haute couture, » says the Design Museum in a statement. » This unique exhibition designed by Alaïa himself, explores his passion and energy for fashion as he wanted, » the museum adds.
Azzedine Alaïa, son of a farmer born in Tunisia in 1940, had worked at a local seamstress to finance his studies at the Beaux-Arts before trying out for Paris at the end of the 1950s. He made himself known to the world in the 1980s by inventing the body, the tight black underpants, the zipped skirt in the back, models that helped define the sexy and confident female silhouette then. He then worked at his own pace, away from fashion shows and the press, thanks to a network of loyal customers.