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Celebrating Azzedine Alaïa’s mastery of cut, fit and tailoring is this stand-out fashion exhibition, worked on by Alaïa himself before his untimely death.

Sculptor turned couturier and shoe designer Azzedine Alaïa stood out in the fashion world for personally constructing and cutting his own patterns, marrying traditional techniques with cutting-edge technology and amassing a client list including Grace Jones, Michelle Obama and Rihanna.

A notorious perfectionist and craftsman, one garment might be worked on for years before release.

Alaïa collaborated on this exhibition of over 60 exemplary designs from the past 35 years of his work before his death in November 2017, personally selecting garments and contributing stories of his life and career.

Integrated with specially commissioned architectural elements designed by leading artists and designers with whom Alaïa worked, the showcase illustrates Alaïa’s passion and energy for fashion as he intended it to be seen.

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