Azzedine Alaïa has died, aged 77

Azzedine Alaïa

The fashion industry has lost another iconic designer with the passing of Azzedine Alaïa.

It’s been confirmed that Tunisian-Parisian couturier Azzedine Alaïa has died at the age of 77. Known as one of the fashion industry’s most recognised names, Alaïa is credited with the creation of the body-con dress and most recently, the fragrance Alaïa Paris, the first ever for the house. 

Born in Tunisia, Alaïa rose to fame in the ’80s, quickly becoming a wardrobe favorite of celebrities, supermodels and fashion elites, like Grace Jones, Noami Cambell and Victoria Beckham. He became known as the ‘King of Cling’ for his flattering knit garments that molded to the body of the wearer. After founding his line in 1979, Alaïa quickly opened boutiques in New York and Beverly Hills; he was also a top-selling label for many of fashion’s biggest retailers, despite the fact that his insistence on controlling every step of the creative process sometimes meant deliveries were sporadic.

Azzedine Alaïa with Grace Jones

Azzedine Alaïa and his muse Grace Jones

After the death of his twin sister in 1992, Alaïa pulled back into semi-retirement for a few years. He Always refused to participate in the standard fashion schedule, instead producing his collections at his own pace. His last show, a couture collection presented in July of this year, was his first in six years and was incredibly well-received by the press.

Alaïa – the little big man – is widely regarded as one of the biggest influences in modern fashion design; while he will be deeply missed, his legacy will undoubtedly live on through the many talented, young designers who grew up studying his work.

No further details on Alaïa’s death are available at this time.