French magazine Le Point has confirmed that famed couturier and style icon Azzedine Alaïa has passed away at the age of 77.
Born in Tunisia in 1940, Alaïa founded his eponymous label in 1979. He quickly became a fashion go-to in the 80’s for the who’s who in the fashion industry, stylish stars, and supermodels. And his curve-hugging designs quickly had him nicknamed as “King of Cling”. Alaïa went on to open boutiques in Beverly Hills and New York City, but took some time away from the industry after his twin sister’s death in 1992.
He was a pioneer in fashion for his refusal to adhere to the traditional fashion calendar—instead creating collections when he saw fit. This summer at Couture Fashion Week in Paris, Alaia presented his first Couture collection in six years.
From Cher Horowitz’s now iconic red dress in Clueless to high fashion photo shoots with everyone from Naomi Campbell to Grace Jones, Alaïa will forever live on as a style legend and an influence whose scope can’t be quantified. His legacy will live on in all of our hearts, minds, and closets. Our prayers are with his close friends, muses, and family at this time.