Legendary dressmaker Azzedine Alaia gets London tribute

An exhibition dedicated to French-Tunisian dressmaker Azzedine Alaia — lauded for his trademark zipped and bandage dresses — opens in London this week, six months after his death aged 82.

Among the dresses on display will be many which have become fashion icons, including his famed white hooded dress.

“Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier” — which runs until October 7 — will exhibit 60 garments chosen by Alaia before he died in November 2017.

The show traces the work of the maestro from the early 1980s to 2017, documenting an industry-defining career.

A perfectionist to the end, Alaia selected the dresses himself before his death in collaboration with Mark Wilson — curator of the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands.

“He re-made everything for the exhibition for the mannequins. He was like the master of cut and fit so he wouldn’t just take something and try to fit it onto a mannequin,” Wilson told AFP.

“He was really a sculptor, he worked on the body. It’s all about the cut, it all about how a garment will fit on a woman’s body.”

As an admirer of elegance and femininity, he used his exceptional talent to give “power” to women and the dresses are a testament to that, Wilson said.

“He loved women. He wanted to make women look amazing, powerful. That’s why women loved him…. He wanted women to feel really confident.”

The son of a Tunisian farmer, Alaia worked for the local seamstress to fund his studies in Paris where he initially worked under the guidance of Yves Saint Laurent at Christian Dior.

Supported by a following of loyal clients, in his later years he was able to pursue his own projects away from the limelight.

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  1. Liz Charlotte June 4th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Kama kawaida, the press misreported the story in the beginning. Our journalists are doing us a disservice.

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    1. shalom June 4th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      True, and they destroy our harmony in society.

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  2. MMK June 4th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Raila is now a common mwananchi like me, he shouldn’t be allowed in the VIP. But then again, the Artur brothers accessed the VIP section, so …

    BTW, exactly what is the airside section of the airport?

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    1. TOO June 4th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      MMK, whoever you are, Raila is mwananchi okay and so is everybody but not as common as you think. Just take that out of your mind. The likes of you may delight in attempts to embarrass him but that may not degrade the statesman that he is. Stop being cheap and grow up

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      1. Gabby June 4th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

        So is Moody Awori, Kalonzo Musyoka and others but they are NOT in the news battling to access airside so that they can point it to being refused access the JKIA VIP lounge and appear as though he is being singled out in persecution – ‘like in the Kenyatta and Moi eras’. RAO is as ordinary as they come!!!!

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      2. wanjaun@gmail.com June 5th, 2013 at 1:55 am

        Unamtetea. Has he defended the common wananchi from the mpigs. has he said anything in our defence and yet you are busy complaining about petty issues that don’t have anything to do with you. Pilipili usioila ya kuwasha nini?

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    2. Liz Charlotte June 4th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      I think it means he wanted to be driven all the way to the plane.

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    3. Gabby June 5th, 2013 at 12:02 am

      The place near the aprons where the VIPs/ visiting heads of state and governments get into their limos and don’t have to go through immigration. i.e the place near the presidential pavilion where the president inspects a guard of honour when he is leaving or after jetting into the country………

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  3. Gabby June 4th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I knew there was something more to this story. Why would you deny RAO a simple VIP lounge that actually needs remodeling due to it’s plane timber veneer walling anyways!

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    1. Natty Dread June 5th, 2013 at 2:09 am

      Guy cannot cope with the huge loss in stature and has to keep throwing mud at the GoK.
      Kenyans should forever be grateful that they prevented this megalomaniac from ascending to the highest office.
      For those asking why Moi and Kibaki remain respected in their retirement, it is because they respect those that succeeded them. In contrast, Raila has behaved like a wounded buffalo since March 5th. 2013.

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  4. MARNJE AMICUS June 4th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    we have so many pressing issues.. Raila is a cry baby

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  5. Kitonga June 4th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I site is for dirty pple con-men, barons, thieves and the like so why should he be allowed in, to see their bizna. no

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  6. shalom June 4th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Really must we create News that is flaming divisions? Kenyans let’s love one anther and stop this enhanced and organised way of Dividing our society. Media please give us something building not dismantling.

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  7. Elikiki June 4th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    What was this yak about? people still want to be relevant….!

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  8. markbatess June 4th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Enough of this nonsense. So what? How does this affect anyone’s life, including Raila’s?

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    1. greystock June 5th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      whats wrong with you, get your facts right first. Airside is an airport term in all airports which is simply the side that aeroplanes arrive and depart and Landside is where cars and people come and go

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  9. maurice owaka June 4th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    if Raila and wife can be denied the VIP lounge surely who are suppose to use them kimemia unaudhi wakenya

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    1. markbatess June 4th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      He wasn’t denied VIP lounge. Raila is a VIP. But air-side boarding of plane? You got to be kidding to allow him that. It is a security risk to Raila himself and everyone else for Raila to board air side without luggage inspections.

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    2. Gabby June 5th, 2013 at 12:13 am

      You are one gullible individual, ready to consume what you read without further review or you choose to be….. Kimemia, has NOT refused them the VIP lounge – IT is airside they they CANNOT get. The pavilion where the presidential guard of honour is arranged without going through immigration. That’s what RAO wants to continue having after ‘mkate nusu’……

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    3. MajorT June 5th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Its like asking why the Mau Mau were fighting the colonial terrorists while some tribes were house niggering for the same terrorist. Ndurama ya nini?

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    4. Kwessi Pratt June 5th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      President, his deputy and visting counterparts. Where is Raila and his wife in that?

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  10. Natty Dread June 5th, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Raila: heshimu uheshimiwe.

    You and your sycophants are wailing discrimination to the same people whose electoral victory you defied, whose inauguration you boycotted, and to the nation whose Madaraka Day you decided to skip because you did not get a special invitation.

    There are better ways of catching media attention than constantly probing the limits and playing victim. This has been going on all the way back to the Moi days, when you nuzzled close to the old goat and thought you were entitled to all manner of privileges.

    Kenya’s constitution never even had a provision for a Prime Minister!!

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    1. MajorT June 5th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Well said bruh!

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    2. victor June 5th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Excume us Raila did not call any press conference to allege discrimination it’s the media in their bid to source news that reported these things

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      1. Kwessi Pratt June 5th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

        Raila created a scene at the airport. Media only noticed his self-crowning drama!

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      2. Natty Dread June 5th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

        No, the media was reporting Raila’s complaints as transmitted by his official spokespersons. Even as we blog now, there are ODM loud-mouths calling press conferences and making threats on Raila’s behalf.

        Raila could easily clear the air by clarifying whether he was denied the VIP facilities in toto, or was prevented from driving his convoy all the way to the parked airplanes as the authorities have claimed.

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  11. nicholas ronnoh June 5th, 2013 at 8:01 am

    artur brothers reportedly had VIP facility access, would the capital ink that? I doubt, only negative publicity to RAO is the gospel here.

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    1. Kwessi Pratt June 5th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Government and relevant authorities decide who uses the facility not powerless individuals who actually abused their short stay in power!

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  12. CHRIS OJOW June 5th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    PLEASE RAO YOU CAN EVEN USE ELDORET EXPRESS TO BONDO. LEAVE JUBILEE GOVERNMENT TO PERFORM THEY NEED MORE ROOM TO WORK.

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    1. mugaga elijah June 6th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      ONLY NARROW MINDED PEOPLE LIKE U CAN REASON LIKE THAT.HONESTLY DO U KNW WHAT LEADERSHIP MEANS?.WHAT DO U CALL A GOVERNMENT IF IT IS MAN-HANDLING PEOPLE WHOSE EFFORTS HAVE BEARED FRUITS THAT WE ALL ENJOY?.JUST THINK BEFORE COMMENTING MY FRIEND.THE CONTRIBUTION OF RAO CANNOT BE EQUATED TO ANYONE IN THE SO CALLED JUBILEE GOVERNMENT.JUST ASK UASELF EVEN IF U ARE TOO IGNORANT AS TO WHY HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS BEEN INVITED TWO TIMES TO GO AND ADDRESS A POWERFUL CONFRENCE ON DEMOCRACY AND LEADERSHIP.PLEASE TRY TO OPEN UA EYES COZ OUTSIDE KUMEPAMBAZUKA.WE ARE NOT TRIBAL AS U ARE BUT I WANT TO REMIND U THAT SUCH CRITICISM OF URS IS WHAT HAS MADE KENYA TO REMAIN DEVIDED AND ENDING UP CHOOSING POOOR LEADERS WHO ARE BOUND TO TAKE KENYA BACKWARD 50YEARS BACKWARD.WHAT ARE U ANTICIPATING TO GET IN THAT GOVERNMENT U ARE CLAIMING TO SUPPORT?.SORRY KIJANA….UA BEEING IN KENYA IS AWASTE AND IF THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE LIKE U THEN I MUST CONFESS THAT KENYA IS STLL AND WILL STILL REMAIN IN THOSE DARK AGES OF KANU TILL INFINITY.

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  13. James Gitonga June 5th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    For heavens sake , mheshimiwa raila, dont create drama around yourself to attract national attention. if you are for kenyans, do what the ordinary kenyan does not what is proper to heads of states en others

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    1. Victor June 5th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Sorry but it’s the media reporting this things not Raila right?

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      1. Kwessi Pratt June 5th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

        Media? Raila actually created a scene at the airport!

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  14. demosh June 5th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    something a miss here!!! arguing at VIP and driving to air side? was the former PM in two places at the same time? does not add up.

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    1. Kwessi Pratt June 5th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      After getting to VIP lounge, he wanted to cruise through the space allocated president, his deputy, visiting heads of state and their guards. I think he forgot his do-nothing PM job evaporated long long time ago! You know, he used to pass through the space when he was a PM. However, regulations didnt recognize him as a user. But somehow, he used it. Forgoting his irritating little power is long gone, he wants to tell us that he wasnt consulted his power disappeared!

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  15. Laster June 5th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Let Raila Do his thing… What;s so itchy when he access the VIP longue… Jealous!

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    1. Kwessi Pratt June 5th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Its illegal to access reserved presidential VIP area if you are not. And moreso, when you dont even hold any political office. Perhaps, jealousy is coming from Raila himself. For he wants to be treated as if he is still the lawless PM he was! Furthermore, he doesnt hold single office in the land. But being the Odinga we very well know, he has to shout to the country, without any shred of shame, that he is a VIP! But VIP is not a self title. His previous status, that were marked by rudeness and total disrespect to others, can easily be used against him and he wont do a thing.

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