In sad fashion-related news today, designer Azzedine Alaïa has passed away at the age of 82 in Paris. According to an obituary in The New York Times, the cause of his death was a heart attack. This news has been confirmed by his company. Alaïa’s passing is a huge loss for the fashion industry, as his work spans many decades and has many famous fans.
According to the obituary in The New York Times, Alaïa has been designing clothing since at least 1957, when he paid rent partially by designing clothing for Comtesse Nicole de Blégiers while working with Christian Dior in Paris. News of his talent spread and many other famous insiders at the time became his clients. In recent years, he’s dressed the likes of Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga. Apparently, he did things on his own time, and preferred to design on his own creative clock rather than allow the constraints of the fashion world and the press to dictate his work schedule.
He recently returned to the world of couture just this July after a six year hiatus with a gorgeous show. According to The New York Times, he is survived by “his nieces and nephews; his partner, the painter Christoph von Weyhe; his closest collaborator, Carla Sozzani, and all those who worked with him.” You can read more about his life and his amazing work in the full obituary here.
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