Legendary designer Azzedine Alaïa has passed away at the age of 77 in Paris, France. The Tunisian-born designer was born in 1940 and was one of the leading voices in fashion. He stunned Paris with the debut of his eponymous label in 1980 and quickly earned the respect of the fashion community as a visionary who stayed on his own path despite market pressures and the changing nature of the industry. His creations gained him fans among celebrities such as Naomi Campbell (who affectionately called him, “Papa”), Madonna, Grace Jones, Janet Jackson, and many more.
Tributes from the fashion industry have already begun pouring in, with many lamenting the loss of one of fashion’s best and brightest.
Petit par la taille mais immense dans la mode. Adieu Azzedine Alaïa . ♡
— Ines de la Fressange (@lafressange) November 18, 2017
We have lost a true genius but we will all be forever inspired by the work and world of Azzedine Alaïa: https://t.co/SLcNuRKsqu
— Steve Salter (@Steve_Salter) November 18, 2017
— jo ellison (@jellison) November 18, 2017