azzedine alaia

I don’t visit the design museum very often, and since it has moved to Kensington, this is only my 2nd time.  I bought a few alaia dresses in my 20’s partly because I worked in fashion during that time, so was able to buy them at a discount price, but also because I had the figure and confidence at that age to wear such figure hugging and sensual clothes.   the exhibition shows mainly the couture clothes, rather than the ready to wear collection, but reveals the craft, mastership, detail and understanding of the female body (be it a perfect one) that Alaia possessed to produce some stunningly creative pieces.   more interesting are the 2 films that are shot in the 1980’s and 90’s, showing the master at work, doing absolutely everything from drawing and cutting the patterns, fitting them to the body, ironing the twirls, but also showing backstage scenes with the models – who are mainly the infamous supermodels.   I walked all the way back to Oxford Circus through Hyde Park – its amazing how you can get from one side of london to another by just passing through one of the many beautiful parks that we have.

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