Azzedine Alaïa Passes Away: November 18

Azzedine Alaïa, the iconoclastic couturier, has died in Paris at the age of 82. Alaïa attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Tunis, and moved to Paris in 1957, where he soon went to work at Christian Dior. He has worked with iconic fashion houses such as Guy Laroche, Thierry Mugler, before opening his own atelier in the 70s. Amongst celebrity clientele were Tina Turner, Madonna, Grace Jones, and Naomi Campbell. 

Alaïa is known for his iconic skill at cutting the fabric in a way that highlighted the figure in the most pleasing silhouette. He is also known for having his own way in the fashion world, never abiding to the common rules and agreements. For example, he usually hosted his private fashion shows in his house in Paris, once the fashion week craze has ended, disregarding the common schedule for fashion shows.