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15:54, 18 November 2017

Azzedine Alaïa: Popular Tunisian couturier dies aged 77

Azzedine Alaïa: Common Tunisian couturier dies aged 77

  • 18 November 2017
  • From the section Europe
French-Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alaia at the press preview of one of his exhibitions at the Galleria Borghese in RomeImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption Alaïa was fascinated by the human type and his styles had been frequently close-fitting

The celebrated Tunisian style designer Azzedine Alaïa has died at the age of 77, French media report.

Alaïa, whose close-fitting designs awarded him the nickname «king of cling», gained notoriety for his perform in the 1980s.

He became well-liked among celebrities including the British model Naomi Campbell and US singer Lady Gaga, with consumers ranging from Greta Garbo to Michelle Obama.

Alaïa was identified for his uncompromising attitude to exhibit his styles to his personal schedule and was uninterested in the publicity of fashion weeks.

Tributes were getting paid to the couturier on social media on Saturday.

«We have lost a designer of wonderful talent. It is extremely sad news,» fellow fashion designer Pierre Cardin told AFP news agency.

US singer Rihanna arrives at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles in a dress designed by Azzedine Alaïa, 10 February 2013Image copyright Getty Pictures
Image caption US singer Rihanna in a dress made by Alaïa at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in 2013
Singer Lady Gaga attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, 22 February 2015Image copyright Getty Photos
Image caption Lady Gaga in an Alaïa creation at the Academy Awards in Hollywood in 2015
Former US President Barack Obama and Former First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the opening of the Nato summit at the Kurhaus in Germany, 3 April 2009Image copyright Getty Pictures
Image caption Michelle Obama wore an Alaïa dress at the Nato summit in Germany in 2009

Alaïa, who was born in 1940, educated as a sculptor in his native Tunisia and remained fascinated by the human form all through his career.

He moved to Paris in the late 1950s, working briefly for Christian Dior and Guy Laroche prior to becoming an independent couturier.

A creation by Tunisian-born, Paris-based couturier Azzedine Alaia is displayed during the press preview of the exhibition &quotAzzedine Alaia's soft sculpture&quot at the Galleria Borghese in Rome, 10 July 2015Image copyright Getty Pictures
Image caption The Paris-primarily based couturier’s exhibitions had been displayed all through Europe
A visitor looks at fashion designed by designer Azzedine Alaia at the Museum NRW-Forum in Duesseldorf, western Germany, 11 June 2013Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Fashions by Alaïa on show in Duesseldorf, western Germany, in 2013

Images by Getty Photos

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