Azzedine Alaïa dead: Iconic fashion designer and the 'King of Cling' dies age 77

Posted on Nov 19 2017 - 12:56am by admin

Franco-Tunisien fashion designer Azzedine Alaia poses during an exposition of Britain's artist Richard Wentworth photographic work on fashion design on September 7, 2017 at the Maison Alaia in Paris. The Maison Alaia gallery presented the work of Britain's artist Richard Wentworth from September 8 to November 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (PhotFranco-Tunisien fashion designer Azzedine Alaia has died [Getty]

Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa has died aged 77.

Alaïa’s iconic work earned him the nickname “king of cling” in the 1980s.

The couturier worked with a whole host of celebrities, including supermodel Naomi Campbell, pop star Lady Gaga, and even First Lady Michelle Obama.

First Lady Michelle Obama wore one of Azzedine Alaïa's deigns to the 2009 NATO SummitFirst Lady Michelle Obama wore one of Azzedine Alaïa’s deigns to the 2009 NATO Summit [Getty]

Alaïa was famed for his strict way of working, and was always uninterested in the publicity of events such as fashion week, choosing to showcase his work privately to his own schedule.

Vogue-editor-in-chief Edward Enniful paid tribute on Saturday morning with a selection of photos of the Tunisian designer shared on Instagram.

Hailing the designer “a genius”, Enniful said Alaïa will be “truly missed”.

Stylist Azzedine Alaia poses with Karlie Kloss and Naomi Campbell after the Azzedine Alaia Fashion Show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week. HStylist Azzedine Alaia poses with Karlie Kloss and Naomi Campbell after the Azzedine Alaia Fashion Show in July [Getty]

He wrote: “Azzedine Alaïa was a true visionary, and a remarkable man. He will be deeply missed by all of those who knew and loved him.

“As well as by the women around the world who wore his clothes. The generosity of his spirit and genius of his designs will never be forgotten. R.I.P.”

Among the fans of his figure-hugging designs were Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, Madonna and Victoria Beckham.

Rihanna wore one of Azzedine Alaïa's deigns to the The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Rihanna wore one of Azzedine Alaïa’s deigns to the The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards [Getty]

He had an excellent bond with Naomi Campbell, who referred to Alaia as her “papa” after he took her under his wing when she began modelling at 16.

His final show was held in July this year.

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