Late couturier Azzedine Alaïa is to be honoured in a retrospective exhibition of his life and work at The Design Museum.
The exhibition has taken a year to develop and was already in the planning stages, co-curated by Alaïa himself, when the designed passed away unexpectedly in November 2017.
Over 60 of Alaïa’s couture designs, selected by the designer, will be on display alongside specially commissioned pieces of design and sculpture by Konstantin Grcic, Marc Newson and Kris Ruhs.
Alaïa was renowned for his innovative fits sculpted to the female form and design technique of draping material directly onto the figure. He was one of the few couturiers to cut his own patterns. Fans of the designer included Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, Rihanna, Madonna, Victoria Beckham, and Michelle Obama.
Co-director of The Design Museum, Alice Black, said: “The museum felt an Alaïa exhibition would be the most amazing first fashion exhibition for the new Design Museum. His sense of form, of the shape of the feminine body, his ability to make it beautiful and powerful, his unmatched mastery in creating and making, his freedom of being who he wanted to be, his independence of thinking, resonated so well with the ethos of the museum.”
Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier will be on display at The Design Museum from May 10 – October 7 2018