PARIS – Legendary Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaia, known as the “sculptor” of the female form, died in the French capital at the age of 77, the French haute couture federation (FHCM) confirmed on Saturday.
Alaia was one of the few great couturiers who dominated all stages of a piece’s creation and whose talent was especially hailed by Paris’ elite fashion society in the 1980s and 1990s.
The designer, who arrived in Paris in the 1960s, experimented with different materials throughout his career, from mesh to the “stretch,” crepe and leather.
Alaia at first became part of the Dior Maison under the patronage of Yves Saint Laurent but was fired five days later for lack of papers, French daily Le Point reported Saturday.
The creator continued his training at Guy Laroche and Thierry Mugler before acquiring his own private clientele for his workshop.
Alaia created his namesake brand in the 1980s and regularly partnered with top models such as Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista, among many others.