Opening today at The Design Museum, Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier, on from May 10 – October 7 2018, is a must-see exhibition for me.
I am old enough to remember Alaïa when he burst onto the scene with the infamous ‘bandage’ dress worn by posse’s of supermodels, and others, ever since. Never had the body to wear one myself but Cindy Crawford must have been the template for the original.
To pique your interest, this, from The Design Museum’s website:
Conceived and co-curated with Monsieur Alaïa before his death in November 2017, the exhibition charts his incredible journey from sculptor to couturier, his nonconformist nature and his infectious energy for fashion, friendship and the female body.
Unlike many of his contemporaries, Alaïa personally constructed each garment by hand and refused to bow to the pressures of fashion week deadlines, instead working to his own schedule. His collaborative approach earned him an esteemed client list, including Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Michelle Obama and Rihanna.
Rather than a retrospective, the show interlaces stories of his life and career alongside personally selected garments, ranging from the rare to the iconic and spanning the early 1980s to his most recent collection in 2017.
As I said: Must. See.
Maybe not this weekend as it will be busy but definitely over the summer when London empties out and becomes such a joy to move about in.
See you there? 💋
All images courtesy of The Design Museum.