By Maya AlShabab.
Azzedine Alaïa, a French designer of Tunisian origins, came to the spotlight in the 1980’s as a magnificent couturier.
Alaïa’s talents manifested in designs that highlighted a woman’s beauty in a fashionable, artistic and original way.
Alaïa was always more interested in following his inspiration and artistic guidance than in following the schedules of fashion week, which had become in the 1980’s the Mecca for media and spectators who regarded them as an elaborate extravaganza reflecting the creativity and freedom of the times. Alaïa’s talents, such as his ability to architect a dress around a woman’s body like no other, gave him the support he needed to go ahead and expand his business.
Alaïa, like other 80’s designers, distinguished himself from his giant predecessors such as Saint Laurent and Givenchy in that he was able to establish an approachable public persona that the audience felt close to, neither intimidating nor distant, while offering designs that felt feasible and that were a pleasure to watch.