Available from autumn 2018

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier touring exhibition

Celebrate the timeless beauty of the female form with thirty-five years of haute couture from Azzedine Alaïa, and discover the mastery of cut, tailoring, fit, innovative form and materials behind the designer's unique creations.

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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.

Available from autumn 2018

Azzedine Alaïa, photography credit : Peter Lindbergh

Image | Andrea&Valentina - Alaia Galleria Borghese

Image | Andrea&Valentina - Alaia Galleria Borghese

Image | Andrea&Valentina - Alaia Galleria Borghese

Image | Andrea&Valentina - Alaia Galleria Borghese

Image | Andrea&Valentina - Alaia Galleria Borghese

Background image credit | Gilles Bensimon / Trunk Archive.

Exhibition organised by the Design Museum in collaboration with Maison Alaïa and the Azzedine Alaïa Association.