“Models After the Azzedine Alaïa Fashion Show,” 1986. Photo by Arthur Elgort. This photograph will be one of many on view alongside Alaïa’s design work.

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier
May 10th – October 7th, 2018
Design Museum: 224-238 Kensington High Street

After designer Azzedine Alaïa passed away in November last year, his nonprofit organized a retrospective of his work that opened at his Paris showroom. Now, an equally comprehensive exhibition of his work is coming to London’s Design Museum. “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier” chronicles his career from the early 80s to the end of 2017. In fact, Alaïa worked as co-curator on the show up until his death.

Photo by Mark Blower

The show, which curator Mark Wilson and Maison Alaïa decided to move ahead with after the designer’s sudden death, features over 60 of his works—including never-before-seen pieces he was working on for his next show—and photography documenting his career. The garments are set against specially commissioned backdrops designed by Alaïa’s close friends and collaborators including Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, Marc Newson, Kris Ruhs and Alaïa’s partner of many years, Christoph von Weyhe.

Photo by Mark Blower
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