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Azzedine Alaïa, a fashion designer appreciated for the exceptional construction qualities of his designs. His achievements have been presented in museums and galleries around the world. He was often juxtaposed with the masterpieces of the greatest artists in the history of art (Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, Bernini, Canova) as well as the most famous artists of the 20th century (Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, Julian Schnabel and Andy Warhol). His creations glorified the female figure. He was called the King of Cling, he designed outfits for: Grace Jones, Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama and an army of devotees all over the world. For the needs of his constructions he created his own material – the legendary jersey which he used till the end of his life. He was born in Tunisia in 1935 and graduated from the Department of Sculpture at the Academy of Arts in Tunis. In 1987 in Paris he received the prize of the Minister of Culture for the best designer of the year. At the beginning of his career he worked for Guy Laroche, Thierry Mugler and Charles Jourdan, but later he consistently refused to work for big fashion houses. He acted independently, did not organize shows in the schedule set by the Paris Fashion Week. He prepared collections in his own rhythm. He died in 2017.
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