Inspired by the glamorous women in his life, his love of fine art and sculpture, Azzedine Alaïa created a visual language, unparalleled by any couturier before him.
His study of sculpture at the Tunis Institute of Fine Arts influenced his approach to couture: designing sculptural garments that caress the female form, almost as a second skin.
He founded his Maison in 1964 at 18 rue de la Verrerie in Paris, and for over 5 decades, he dressed the fashion glitterati: cutting, sewing, pinning and fitting, and personally making his own patterns. His sculptural dresses are now an aesthetic institution that continue to influence a new generation of designers. The mark of a great French Couturier.
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