[T]he Design Museum had a groundbreaking opening year in Kensington, and with their major exhibition celebrating fashion icon Azzedine Alaïa, who sadly passed away in November 2017, opening today, they’re not stopping anytime soon. Although a planned project for over a year before Alaïa passed, the exhibition will serve as a powerful retrospective of the late designer’s extraordinary career.
In true Alaïa style, the exhibition was planned to explore the passion and energy of fashion, that he had for his creations. A masterful courtier, his designs “expressed the timeless beauty of the female form in the most refined degree of haute couture”. A body of work notorious for its intricate skill, its mastery of tailoring and fit, its innovative materials, Azzedine Alaïa was a meticulous creator even working “on a single outfit for many years if necessary before releasing it to the public”. In an industry accused on inauthenticity and where depersonalisation is rife, his hands-on, delicate and passionate nature was virtually without equivalent – even meticulously cutting all his own patterns for Alaïa collections.