KCIDigital Archives

The KCI Digital Archives on the KCI website presents image and text information for the objects in the collection, arranged in chronological order.


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Azzedine Alaïa
Green wool jersey.
Inventory Number(s)
AC5809 88-24

A dress by Azzedine Alaïa, one of the fashion leaders of the 1980s. He led the body conscious trend of 1980s using elastic textile and accurate cutting. Because his dresses require wearers to have a sexy body, they have motivated many women to exercise.
Alaïa, who was from Tunisia, worked at the fashion houses of Christian Dior (1905–1957) and Guy Laroche (1923–1989) before establishing his own brand in Paris. In the early 1980s, he frequently used stretch materials, taking advantage of the rapid advance of stretch material technology, and led the body-conscious fashion with dresses that looked like a second skin, created utilizing his original cutting methods, and eliminating excessive colors and decorations. At the beginning of the 1990s, he stopped participating in the Paris Collections, but his dresses are still highly appreciated today because they emphasize the beauty of the body but do not encumber body movements, characteristics achieved by craftsmanship which avoided being subject to short-term booms or to the constraints of mass production.