The late Azzedine Alaïa had a comprehensive understanding of the female form, thanks to an education in sculpture from École des Beaux-Arts. Revered for his bodycon silhouettes that defined the aesthetic of Paris in the ‘80s, the French designer was also known for his intricate footwear, statement bags and laser-cut accessories.
Alaïa Spring '21 collection
The attention to decorative details that distinguish this collection can be traced to Azzedine Alaïa’s personal and meaningful attachment to Africa. From his childhood in Tunisia to the art and costumes he collected fondly over decades, African referencing attested to pride in his heritage and his deep engagement in Africa’s history. The application of ropes, raffias, feathers, shells and leopard printed fabrics that were part of his ongoing, creative universe have reappeared as contemporary and decorative couture work. While silhouettes suggest timeless sensuality, surface treatments speak to a combination of artisanal and innovative techniques.