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Alaïa was born in Tunis, Tunisia, on 26 February 1935.[1] His parents were wheat farmers, but his glamorous twin sister, Hafida, inspired his love for couture.[2] A French friend of his mother, Mrs. Pineau, fed Alaïa's instinctive creativity with copies of Vogue. He lied about his age[3] to get into the Tunis Institute of Fine Arts, a local school of fine arts in Tunis, where he gained valuable insights into the human form and began studying sculpture.[4] He worked as a dressmaker with his sister to pay for school supplies.[5]

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In Paris, he started to work at Christian Dior as a tailleur,[6] but had to leave five days later as the Algerian war broke out,[7] soon moved to work for Guy Laroche for two seasons, then for Thierry Mugler until he opened his first atelier in his little rue de Bellechasse apartment in the late 1970s.[2] It is in this tiny atelier that for almost 20 years he privately dressed members of the world's jet set, from Marie-Hélène de Rothschild to Louise de Vilmorin (who would become a close friend) to Greta Garbo, who used to come incognito for her fittings.[8] He took apart old garments designed by Madeleine Vionnet and Cristóbal Balenciaga to study how they were made up, and then, he put them back together.[6] He maintained a friendship with former employer Thierry Mugler and also befriended Claude Montana.[9] All would influence each other and would often be mentioned in the same breath during the 1980s.[10][11][12]

He was very influential during the 1980s,[48][49] with many designers copying his voluptuous silhouette,[50][51] particularly his brilliantly executed undulating peplums of 1985,[52][53] an almost direct lift from styles shown in 1935 by Alix, who had in turn been interpreting traditional Balinese ceremonial dress.[54] Another of his mid-1980s contributions, the bandage dress,[55][56] was adopted in the 1990s with great success by designer Hervé Léger as that designer's own signature style.

In 1996 he participated at the Biennale della Moda in Florence, where along with paintings by longtime friend Julian Schnabel, he exhibited an outstanding dress created for the event. Schnabel-designed furniture, as well as his large-scale canvases, still decorate Alaïa's boutique in Paris.[84]

Alaïa was referenced in the mid-'90s teen hit Clueless starring Alicia Silverstone. Silverstone's character, mugged at gunpoint in the film, protests kneeling in a parking lot in a famously clingy dress by the "totally important designer" by exclaiming, "This is an Alaïa!"[93]

Marion Cotillard wore an Alaïa gown in a photoshoot for the French issue of Elle magazine in May 2005. In June 2009, she wore an Alaïa black dress for a photoshoot for the French magazine Madame Figaro. In March 2010, she wore a black Alaïa dress in a photoshoot for Jalouse magazine. On 27 November 2012, she wore an Alaïa black and white pleated dress while attending a luncheon for her film Rust and Bone at Brasserie Ruhlmann in New York City. Cotillard also attended a screen talk at the BFI Southbank wearing the same dress.[94]

Michelle Obama is a regular Alaïa client.[95] The First Lady wore a formal black knit sleeveless dress with a ruffled skirt designed by Alaïa to the NATO dinner with heads of state in Strasbourg, France, on 3 April 2009. Also in 2009, Michelle Obama wore an Alaïa dress to the American Ballet Theatre's opening-night Spring Gala in New York.[96] Her choice of fashion by the Tunisian couturier broke with the tradition of American First Ladies who had worn only the clothes of American designers to such events.[97]

During an interview with The Ground Social & Magazine (formerly known as Virgine), Alaïa crticised both Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld. Alaïa, then 71 and based in Paris, said of Chanel creative director Lagerfeld, "I don't like his fashion, his spirit, his attitude. It's too much caricature. Karl Lagerfeld never touched a pair of scissors in his life." Alaïa also lashed out at the Vogue editor-in-chief: "She runs the business very well, but not the fashion part. When I see how she is dressed, I don't believe in her tastes one second... Anyway, who will remember Anna Wintour in the history of fashion? No one."[103]

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If you purchase an item as part of a save when bought together deal and return part of the order, the original discount on all items purchased as part of the deal will be invalid. i.e if you purchase two dresses valued at 30 each as part of a save when bought together deal & receive a 10% discount on these two dresses you will pay 54 so 27 each dress. If one of these dresses is returned you will receive a refund minus the original discounts. Therefore you will receive 24 in total. 27 minus the 3 discount on the other dress in the bundle.

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Unlike other designers doing romantic clothes, Mr. Jacobs finds away to give the style an actuality. He used mattress ticking for a beltedoversize parka, tweaked a pale blue cotton shirtdress with bias-tapedrawstrings and made a great look by putting either a long, cream ribbedsweater or a khaki tunic over a blue shirtdress. There were lots of petticoatskirts, jackets with washed Liberty-print panels and soft, tulip-shapeshorts.

Mr. Alaia is amazingly contemporary for a man in the vicinity of70. He opened his salesroom on Monday for buyers, and I went to have a look.It isn't that Mr. Alaia uses less design in his bubble skirts than otherdressmakers. He uses the right design. His black cotton skirts were soft andwell proportioned, with fagoting and slightly pegged hems. They looked greatwith matching bandeau tops and a new stripped-down Roman sandal.

In any case the Lanvin and Miu Miu shows provided a decent,surprising end to the Paris collections. The Miu Miu show was terrific:cerebral, dense, serene. Cubism was an obvious starting point for thedesigner, Miuccia Prada, with curvilinear dresses and skirts in what appearedto be tie silk.

Her fabric research was impressive, though not overwhelming, withAfrican-influenced prints for long slim dresses and simple maroon or whiteshirts in Ottoman silk shown with navy satin trousers. Also tops were knittunics with girlish satin collars.

Photos: LOUIS VUITTON -- From left, a laced vest over an organzablouse, with tulip-shape pants; a shirtdress with cotton-bias tape asruching; doughnut-heel shoes and a shopping bag inspired by Tati, the Frenchdiscount store.; MIU MIU -- A Cubist-inspired shift in tie silk, above.Right, a ribbed knit tunic worn over navy satin trousers.; AZZEDINE ALAIA --A cotton shirt and corset with fagoting, worn with leggings.; LANVIN -- Awashed cotton bubble dress, above. Left, short pleated dresses with harnessstraps. (Photographs by Jean-Luce Hure for The New York Times) 041b061a72


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