“This is an Alaïa!”
The image of Cher refusing to lay on the ground when getting robbed at gunpoint in Clueless because of her designer dress is a lasting one.
R.I.P. Azzedine Alaia 🖤 pic.twitter.com/QHNTVjOVq8
— Ira Madison III (@ira) November 18, 2017
The designer behind her red dress was equally iconic. Azzedine Alaïa died at 82 on Saturday.
Alaïa was known for his independent spirit and as a pioneer of form-fitting, figure-defining fashion. Basically, he pioneered bodycon.
“He used leather and knits to shape and support the body, transforming it into the best version of itself,” the New York Times wrote in his obituary.
News of his death was soon followed by an outpouring of remembrances from celebrities who worked with Alaïa and loved his designs.
Hearing of the passing of Azzedine Alaia. A designer who embraced women of color as models and muses when others didn’t. May he rest in power and peace. pic.twitter.com/TzdiJUfBLo
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 18, 2017
Devastated to hear about the passing of my friend Azzedine Alaïa. Mr. Alaïa was a genius and an incredibly kind man. Thank you for everything. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/DD2u5VVbDl
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) November 18, 2017
Simply the best! No one like you! It was an honor to know you. You will be missed so greatly! Rest In Peace Mr. Alaia pic.twitter.com/Tv7fHfoK2I
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 18, 2017
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