For three decades, Azzedine Alaϊa has been one of the biggest names in the fashion industry. To mark this career milestone, the Groninger Museum are presenting an exhibition of Alaϊa’s most outstanding fashion creations of the last ten years.
Born in Tunisia, Azzedine Alaïa rose to fame in the 1980s after his designs were given prominent coverage in French Elle. He soon gained a devoted following comprised of some of the worlds most beautiful and fashion-forward women including Grace Jones, Naomi Campbell and Madonna.
However, in the 90s and 00s, the designer shied away from the spotlight. With runway shows being few and far between (his Autumn/Winter show in Paris earlier this year was his first in eight years), this exhibition is a great opportunity for fashion worshipers to get up close to Alaïa’s incredible couture.
Curated by Mark Wilson, the exhibition is divided into sections which focus on the materials which Alaϊa consistently incorporated into his garments including velvet, fur, wool leather and knitwear.
Highlights of the show include the crocodile biker jackets and mongolian fur coats from the Autumn/Winter 2011-12 collection, alligator tail coats (s/s 2003) and, of course, the dazzling gowns!
‘Azzedine Alaïa In The 21st Century’ runs until 06 May 2012 at the Groninger Museum, Museumeiland 1, P.O. Box 90, 9700 ME Groningen, The Netherlands.
For more information visit the Groninger Museum Website.
Photography by Robert Kot