The news of Azzedine Alaïa's death has rocked the fashion world. Vogue reported this past weekend that the French-Tunisian King of Cling died in Paris at the age of 82.

This is the industry's second loss of an icon this year since designer Hervé Léger's death just last month.

Read more: 18 times Hervé Léger's signature bandage dress had us wrapped around his little finger

Hailed as a design legend, it is fitting that Alaïa dressed women of such calibre.

Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Iman, Grace Jones, Mariah Carey, Karolina Kurkova, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and even Clueless' Cher Horowitz.

Azzedine Alaïa was loved for his construction work and the fact that he didn't play by the rules. Vogue muses on how he introduced exclusive intimate shows which weren't in-sync with the usual fashion schedules.

This made his body-sculpting creations even more coveted. 

Alaïa's dresses are on display in a scenography by designer Martin Szekely at the Palais Galliera. The Galliera also honoured him at their opening exhibition in 2013. 

And at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris you'll find this sublime Azzedine Alaïa work of art.

Now let's take it back to the '80s and '90s when the following women breathed life into Alaïa's couture:

Linda Evangelista

Grace Jones


Naomi Campbell

Early 2000s:

Karolina Kurkova

Kate Moss

Naomi Campbell

Mariah Carey

Modern day Alaïa:

Lady Gaga

Pity about those gloves, though.


Rula Jebreal

Images: Getty