Azzedine Alaïa, a master of cut, tailoring, fit, innovative form and materials, is the focus of this Design Museum exhibition. The museum worked closely with Azzedine Alaïa in planning the exhibition exploring his career and creative process before his untimely passing in November 2017.
Alaïa designed by draping and sculpting directly on the human frame. He also meticulously cut all his own patterns, which was virtually without equivalent in the increasingly depersonalised world of fashion houses, and would work on a single outfit for many years if necessary before releasing it to the public. The exhibition presents more than 60 outstanding examples of Alaïa’s craft from the past 35 years. The exhibition also integrates specially commissioned architectural elements by leading artists and designers with whom the couturier entertained a long-term creative dialogue, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, Marc Newson, Kris Ruhs, and Tatiana Trouvé.