Azzedine Alaïa: Le Couturier | The Design Museum Exhibition Opens In Spring

by Gaylor Mangumbu - Published on 17/01/2018

The last two years will certainly be remembered as the saddest years for the world of art and entertainment, as so many beloved artists and well-known figures passed away. Among these was the famous Tunisian-born couturier, shoe designer and fashion icon, Azzedine Alaïa.

Celebrated for his craftsmanship and innovations, Alaïa encountered and worked with the most prestigious names in music, fashion, art and politics, from Pablo Picasso and Greta Garbo – with whom he became friends – to Grace Jones and the Obamas.

To celebrate his memory, work and legacy, a new exhibition is set to open next spring at the Design Museum in London, Azzedine Alaïa: Le Couturier.  “Following his untimely passing on 18 November 2017, the Design Museum will now present this unique exhibition planned by Alaïa himself exploring his passion and energy for fashion as he himself intended it to be seen,” stated the Design Museum.

Th retrospective, co-curated by the late designer himself, will open its doors on 10 May and will run until 7 October, and will present more than 60 outstanding examples of Alaïa’s craft from the past thirty-five years Tickets will be on sale soon.

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Cover image | Azzedine Alaïa and Naomi Campbell by Gilles Bensimon, 1987

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Gaylor Mangumbu
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Growing up in Rome and not being influenced by art it’s quite impossible; so I eventually studied all those things my mum believed to be wrong for me: Fine Arts at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma and Fashion at Accademia di Moda e Costume, mixing my passion for sneakers, cinema, photography, music and mango-flavored ice cream.