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.

 

Francesco Scavullo: No End to Beauty

An outstanding archive of fashion and celebrity portraits by the photographer Francesco Scavullo from the collection of his partner, stylist Sean Byrnes, will hit Sotheby’s online auction block next month – without reserve.

Earlier this year, our hearts leapt at the thought of purchasing a piece of fashion history when one of Kate Moss’ earliest shoots hit the online auction block. But we’ve got a lot more saving up to do, because on November 2, Sotheby’s will auction over 80 intimate images of celebrities, drag queens, athletes, and icons from legendary portrait photographer Francesco Scavullo’s dynamic archive.

Titled ‘Francesco Scavullo: No End to Beauty’, the auction spans four decades of Scavullo’s studio portraits. Born in New York in 1921, Scavullo spent roughly 30 years shooting Cosmopolitan’s cover girls, and this effortless glamour is well represented. The lot includes jaw-dropping shots of supermodels Lauren Hutton, Jerry Hall, Linda Evangelista, and musical icons Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer (above) rocking only their natural curls.

Grace Jones by Francesco Scavullo

Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand by Francesco Scavullo for ‘A Star Is Born’

Princess Grace of Monaco by Francesco Scavullo

But what’s refreshing about Scavullo and his longtime collaborator and partner Sean Byrnes’ curation is that this vision of beauty is much more diverse than bombshells and beauty queens. There’s Brook Shields as a child, Lou Reed with leopard spotted hair, painted nails, and shaved eyebrows. There’s Blitz Kids Mathieu and Zaldy posing only in fishnets. There’s a snap of Caitlyn as Olympic champion Bruce. And of course, there’s John Waters’ drag superstar, who looks as if she’s letting out her triumphant Female Troubles’ rallying cry: “I’m so fucking beautiful I can’t stand it myself!”

Divine by Francesco Scavullo

Rita Hayworth by Francesco Scavullo

Salvador Dali by Francesco Scavullo

Francesco Scavullo: No End to Beauty opens November 2 at 3 pm EST without reserve on Sotheby’s online auction portal and eBay. More information come into the beautiful world of Sotheby’