How The Fashion Industry Paid Tribute To The Late Designer Azzedine Alaïa

Over the weekend, the fashion world was saddened by the passing of iconic fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa at the age of 77. The Tunisian-born sartorial master was known as “The King of Cling” as he created precisely tailored designs that fit women like a glove. Alaïa was responsible for pioneering the bodycon dress into an 80s fashion staple, and he was also a big part of pop culture. Who could forget the scene in Clueless where Cher was asked to lay down on the dirty parking lot pavement as she was being robbed? Cher protested, “You don’t understand, this is an Alaïa. It’s like a totally important designer.”

Other than being an icon in the industry, the designer was also close to a lot of the stars that he dressed. Multiple fashion figures paid tribute after the announcement of Alaïa’s passing.

See what they had to say about the visionary below:

Adwoa Aboah

Newest British Vogue cover girl, Adwoa Aboah, recalled her 21st birthday where all she wanted to wear was Alaîa. The model even traveled to Paris with all the money she saved up to buy her first and only piece from the designer, who she then thanked for making her feel beautiful in his creations.

Giovanna Battaglia

W Magazine’s contributing fashion editor, Giovanna Battaglia, shared a photo of herself with Alaîa in front of a large portrait of the designer himself.


my dear ALAIA…. you will live on forever. rip.

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Aside from their dinner photo, Rihanna also shared some snaps of her wearing a gorgeous archival Alaîa number in a fiery shade, which she wore to the Grammy’s.

Kim Kardashian West 

Simply the best! No one like you! It was an honor to know you. You will be missed so greatly! Rest In Peace Mr. Alaia

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Kim Kardashian recalled the time the designer personally fitted one of his creations on her. “It was an honor to know you,” she wrote. “You will be missed so greatly!”

Edward Enninful 

Newly-appointed head honcho of British Vogue, Edward Enninful, shared a heartfelt message for Alaïa too. The editor-in-chief used to be a personal stylist and fashion director at i-D magazine before holding his position at British Vogue, so it comes as no surprise that he knows the designer particularly well. 

Pat McGrath 

Renowned British makeup artist, Pat McGrath, has worked with Alaïa several times throughout her career. Doing the makeup for his runway shows and personally spending time with him, McGrath recalled what she’ll miss most about the designer. “He is irreplaceable. He was a true master. But more than that, he was a wonderful person. What I’ll miss the most are those long evenings in his kitchen, with him cooking, surrounded by good friends, great conversation and divine food”, she wrote. 

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