All hail the king of cling

All hail the king of cling

Iconic designer Azzedine Alaïa receives a retrospective at the Design Museum, the UK’s first solo exhibition of his exceptional work

Famously dubbed the ‘King of Cling’, Tunisian-born couturier Azzedine Alaïa’s 35-year long career was spent celebrating the female form using exquisite drapery and ingenious tailoring. Following his untimely death last November, the Design Museum is staging an extraordinary retrospective featuring over 60 of his timelessly beautiful designs, handpicked by Alaïa himself alongside guest curator Mark Wilson. A resolute nonconformist, the couturier was closely involved in all aspects of making his collections, constructing his standout pieces by hand to his own schedule whilst turning a blind eye to fashion week pressures. Admire the superlatively brilliant couture – more akin to sculpture than fashion – that made lifelong fans out of the likes of Naomi Campbell and Grace Jones, to name but a couple.

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier will show at the Design Museum from 10 April 2018 – 07 October 2018

  • Words: Monique Todd

  • Photography: Design Museum