10 Years of Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa’s 21st century efforts are the subject of a 10-year retrospective at the Groninger Museum in Groningen, The Netherlands, covering the designer’s oeuvre from 2001 – 2011: Azzedine Alaïa in the 21st Century.  Still going strong after some 30+ years in business, the enigmatic and assertive Tunisian designer- who famously refused the Légion d’Honneur in 2011 and once accused Karl Lagerfeld of ‘never touching a pair of scissors in his life’- is a deft manipulator of the cloth, be it woven, knit, or otherwise.  His most fantastical creations of the last 10 years feature in this review, itself a follow-up to a previous retrospective at the same museum in 1998.  Below, a round-up of garments on display, courtesy of the Groninger Museum.

For those looking to get a double-dose of cutting edge garment design, swing by from March 25th onwards, when a second fashion exhibit focused on the avant-garde Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen is slated to open through September 2012.  Catch an amusing glimpse of the designer at work during an haute couture fitting with former French Vogue editrix Carine Roitfeld in the short film ‘The Client’ for W magazine.

Azzedine Alaïa in the 21st Century, through May 6, 2012. Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm, €12 entrance fee.  Groninger Museum.

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