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Azzedine Alaïa to be Honored With a Retrospective at London’s Design Museum

London’s newly-opened Design Museum is set to honor the late Azzedine Alaïa with a retrospective exhibition. Titled “The Couturier”, the retrospective will run from May 10 to October 7 at the museum in the British capital’s Holland Park.

Alaïa, who sadly passed away last month in Paris after suffering heart failure at the age of 82, actually helped curate the upcoming exhibition alongside Groninger Museum’s chief curator, Mark Wilson. The five-month-long retrospective is set to focus on the Tunisian designer’s superb work and the impact it had on the fashion industry. Featuring commissioned pieces of design and sculpture by talents including Konstantin Grcic, Marc Newson, as well as Kris Ruhs, with whom Alaïa collaborated in 2015, The Couturier will showcase more than 60 of the designer’s most famous form-fitting dresses.

“Following his untimely passing on November 18, 2017, the Design Museum will now present this unique exhibition planned by Alaïa himself exploring his passion and energy for fashion as he himself intended it to be seen,” said a museum spokesperson.

The upcoming public tribute follows the homage paid to the star at the recent British Fashion Awards, in which Alaïa’s honorary daughter Naomi Campbell, as well as other supermodel muses and close friends, including Farida Khelfa, Stephanie Seymour, and Veronica Webb, remembered and celebrated the immense impact he made in the fashion world.

“Beyond his work as a designer, from the second day I met him, he became my papa,” Campbell said in her emotional speech. “He was the most generous, kind, compassionate and humble man I have ever known, with a mischievous sense of humor in the glint of his eye, and he filled my life – and the lives of the women on this stage, and all of you in the room who met him – with light and joy.”

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