Opening last week, London’s The Design Museum is showcasing the work of the late, great couturier Azzedine Alaïa. Curated by Alaïa himself, alongside Chief Curator of the Groninger Museum Mark Wilson, the exhibition shows off his fantastic career-spanning creations, with over 60 rare and iconic garments on display.
Known for his nonconformist nature and infectious energy, Alaïa personally constructed each of his garments by hand, injecting himself into every design, and in homage to this the exhibition expertly weaves together his life and his designs to showcase his incredible gift.
Creating a little world within the gallery, it has been divided by a series of specially commissioned architectural interventions by leading artists and designers with whom Alaïa entertained a long-term creative dialogue – Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, Marc Newson, Kris Ruhs and Christoph von Weyhe. There’s also photography on display by Richard Wentworth who was given special behind the scenes access to Maison Alaïa, the fashion house in Paris where he worked for 30 years.
Azzendine Alaïa: The Couturier runs until October 7th. Find out more info here.