Since his passing in 2017, Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alaïa has been immortalized through his iconic brand and genius designs. Over the last three years, some of the biggest names in fashion have paid tribute to the creative maestro. One of the latest stars to honor the great designer is French-Italian supermodel, Cindy Bruna, who recently celebrated Maison Alaïa’s new Editions collection by starring in a video, sharing her fondest memories of working with the King of Cling.
The three-minute video, developed by global e-tailer Net-a-Porter and titled “First Time…with Alaïa”, saw Vogue Arabia December cover star Bruna feature alongside British model Yasmin LeBon and Chinese actor Zhu Zhu, as the trio discussed their experiences working with Alaïa.
“This first piece I ever got from Alaïa was a T-shirt, that he gave me when I was 17,” says Bruna. “Obviously, I still have that piece. I just love it. It was really special because it was a gift from him,” she adds.
One of the 26-year-old model’s first jobs was with Alaïa. The Tunisian couturier took Bruna under his wing as she first stepped into the modeling world. When asked about her favorite memory of working with Alaïa, Bruna noted an encounter in his kitchen as one of the best moments she shared with the designer. “It was his jokes and the realness of the moment that we were all sharing together. Spending a week with him and his team and all the models, it was really, really precious,” she said.
“I can really say that he was the one who made me believe in myself, even when I was actually doubted in the model industry,” she added. “That gave me the strength to finish school, move to Paris, and start my career.”
Alaïa passed away on November 18, 2017, but has left behind an everlasting legacy, with his creations still adored across the world by celebrities including Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kate Moss, and his long-time friend Naomi Campbell. Continuing the designer’s work, Masion Alaïa recently released its Editions SS21 wardrobe, recreated from the archives between 1981-2017, through a visual dance masterpiece.