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Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia’s place in the design hall of fame is guaranteed - his signature being the second skin that he crates when challenging the boundaries of flesh and fabric.Alaia was born in Tunisia in the 1940s to wheat farming parents. A French friend of his mother’s fed Alaia’s instinctive creativity with copies of Vogue and lied about his age to get him into the local Ecole des Beaux-Arts to study sculpture - a discipline in which he didn’t excel, but that he would put to good use in the future. After spotting an ad for a vacancy at a dressmaker’s, Alaia’s sister taught him to sew and he started making copies of couture dresses for neighbours.