Celebrity designer Azzedine Alaïa’s 16 most iconic style moments

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Iconic celebrity fashion designer, creator of the 'body con' dress, Azzedine Alaïa passed away on Saturday aged 77 and we pay tribute with a look back through his style archives

There's a classic scene in era-defining 90s movie Clueless when heroine Cher (played by Alicia Silverstone) is being mugged at gunpoint and the mugger asks to her to get down on the ground. The scene takes place in a grimy car park, so Cher explains that won't be possible because she is wearing an "Alaïa... and he's a totally important designer." And although the "Alaïa outfit defence" ultimately doesn't stop Cher being mugged, it highlights the influence and importance of this Tunisian-born designer.

Born in 1940, Azzedine Alaïa fell in love with fashion and moved to Paris in the 1950s to pursue work in the beautiful world of couture. He learnt the trade under the biggest names in the business including Christian Dior, Guy Laroche and Theirry Mugler before opening his own atelier in the 1970s.

Alaïa initially created bespoke clothes for the jet set including Greta Garbo but moved into ready-to-wear in the 1980s, the line catching the eye of a buyer from upmarket department store Bergdorf Goodman, which launched him into the all-important US fashion market.

The designer was a favourite of all the most style-forward women including Victoria Beckham, Marion Cotillard, Michelle Obama, Carla Bruni, Behati Prinsloo, Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian and Rihanna. Alaïa also invented the game-changing 'body con' and 'bandage' dresses in the '80s, launching a completely new form-fitting way of dressing.

We pay tribute to this legendary designer with a look back at his most memorable fashion moments including that Rihanna/Alaïa moment:

Celebrity designer Azzedine Alaïa’s 16 most iconic style moments (фото 1)

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