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Before the designer sadly died from heart failure just last month, he had been involved in the exhibition, which has been guest curated by Mark Wilson, of the Netherlands' Groninger Museum.

May 10–October 7, 2018, ''Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier'' showcases the designer's incredible 35-year career, with 60 couture pieces that were selected for the show by Alaïa himself.

AZZEDINE ALAÏA (B.1940) A RARE HOODED DRESS circa 1986, of sage-green knitted woolSold at Christie's in 2008 for $12 900 AZZEDINE ALAÏA (B.1940)
A RARE HOODED DRESS
circa 1986, of sage-green knitted wool
Sold at Christie's in 2008 for $12 900

Tunisian-born Alaïa made waves in the 1980s with his pioneering redesigning of the female silhouette in fashion. The Paris-based designer's talents went beyond the runway, having training as a sculptor, he would work in his designs in 3D, as opposed to the usual pen and paper preliminary fashion sketches.

AZZEDINE ALAÏA Black and white patterned leather straps shoesSold at Bukowskis in 2012 for AZZEDINE ALAÏA Black and white patterned leather straps shoes
Sold at Bukowskis in 2012 for $330

Nude Leather Halter Dress, 1980sSold at Doyle for $450 AZZEDINE ALAÏA Nude Leather Halter Dress, 1980s
Sold at Doyle for $450

Michelle Obama, Naomi Campbell, Mariah Carey, Victoria Beckham and even Greta Garbo: Alaïa's client list was an impressive list of the most glamorous names of the 20th and 21st centuries. In the 1980s, when loose-fitting pant suits were the look, the ''King of Cling'' was dressing the likes of Grace Jones and Tina Turner in a new apparel of leggings, bikers jackets and bodices - some studs included.

In 2009, Alaïa famously has a feud with Vogue editor Anna Wintour after she did not include his designs at an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. His close companion Naomi Campbell refused to attend the show unless his work featured, whilst Alaïa withdrew pieces he had designed for a list of supermodels on the guestlist.

In tribute to his influences within the fields of  art, design and architecture, Konstantin Grcic, Marc Newson, and Kris Ruhs have been commissioned to create pieces for the exhibition.

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