The Design Museum will pay homage to master couturier Azzedine Alaïa this May, in an exhibition charting his incredible journey from sculptor to couturier, his rebellious demeanour and his undeniable passion for fashion, friendship and the female body.

This display will interlace stories of Alaïa's life and career, alongside personally selected garments, both rare and iconic items from the early 1980s through to his most recent collection in 2017.

'My obsession is to make women beautiful. When you create with that in mind, things can't go out of fashion.' Azzedine Alaïa

The Design Museum worked with Alaïa in planning the exhibition, shortly before his passing in november 2017. Now the museum will present this unique exhibition, exploring Alaïa's creative process through his eyes.

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Alaïa personally constructed each garment by hand and refused to bow to the pressures of fashion week deadlines, instead working to his own schedule. His collaborative approach earned him an esteemed client list, including Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Michelle Obama and Rihanna.
He is also celebrated for his cut, fit, tailoring and use of innovative forms and materials, constructed by draping and sculpting directly onto the human frame. He also cut his own patterns and was a renowned perfectionist, often working on a s single outfit for many years before it was released into the public domain.

Over 60 pieces will be presented in this showcase from the past thirty-five years, selected personally by Monsieur Alaïa and guest curator Mark Wilson (Chief Curator of the Groninger Museum, NL). The exhibition will also integrate specially commissioned architectural elements by leading artists and designers with whom the couturier entertained a long-term creative dialogue, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, Marc Newson, Kris Ruhs, and Tatiana Trouvé.
Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier will open from 10 May - 7 October 2018 at The Design Museum.