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:
All I knew was that for my 21st Birthday I wanted to wear Azzedine Alaia. So with my mum and best friend we went all the way to Paris to pick out that perfect dress I'd only dreamt of having.It was in that beautiful shop that with all the money I'd saved I bought my first and only piece of Alaia (and a pair of matching green stilettos). Thank you for making such beautiful clothes, you where and always will be a master. I felt one in a million in you're beautiful creations and you will be sorely missed. @azzedinealaiaofficial
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.
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.
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.
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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!”
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.
"What did Azzedine Alaïa mean to me? Everything. The rigour, refinement and rebellion of his work was at a level that can never and will never happen again. 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. xxPat
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.