Celebrate ‘couture’s rebellious outsider’ (The Guardian) in the first UK solo exhibition of his work.
Conceived and co-curated with Monsieur Alaïa before his death in November 2017, the exhibition charts his incredible journey from sculptor to couturier, his nonconformist nature and his infectious energy for fashion, friendship and the female body.
Unlike many of his contemporaries, Alaïa personally constructed each garment by hand and refused to bow to the pressures of fashion week deadlines, instead working to his own schedule.
His collaborative approach earned him an esteemed client list, including Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Michelle Obama and Rihanna.
Rather than a retrospective, the show interlaces stories of his life and career alongside personally selected garments, ranging from the rare to the iconic and spanning the early 1980s to his most recent collection in 2017.
A must-see’ Elle
‘A fitting tribute to the couturier’ Vogue
‘Incredible’ Will Gompertz, BBC
‘Stunningly presented’ Forbes
‘A simple appreciation of the technical brilliance of a designer’s hands-on artistry.’ The Guardian
‘The biggest fashion exhibition of the year’ ★ ★ ★ ★ Culture Whisper
At the Design Museum until 07/10/18