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Azzedine Alaïa

French, 1935-2017

Master Couturier, King of Cling: legendary fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa (1935–2017) is known by many names, each referring to his unparalleled ability to mold fabric onto the female form in unexpected and radical ways. The Tunisian-born designer spent his entire life in relentless pursuit of a wholly distinctive and most-flattering fit.

“For me, fashion is the body,” said Alaïa. “I make clothes; women make fashion.”

Alaïa is credited with inventing the supermodel through his exclusive fashion shows, the body-con dress — which, quite literally, hugs the body and emphasizes and embraces every curve — and pioneering what industry professionals have taken to calling “slow fashion.” The designer openly rejected empty, of-the-moment fads as well as the structure of biannual seasons and instead took his time, unhurried by press and releasing collections at his own pace. Most importantly, Alaïa was a visionary when it came to traditional notions of femininity and sexuality. At a time when loose, soft silhouettes were the norm, Alaïa’s sexy, waist-cinching hourglass and body-con outfits were shocking.

Alaïa’s “body-conscious clothes,” wrote fashion critic Suzy Menkes, “seemed a deliberate challenge — throwing down a sexist gauntlet in a feminist world.”

While powerful women such as Madonna, Michelle Obama, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington wear Alaïa’s creations today, his origins were remarkably humble.

Born to a farming family, Alaïa always had a creative streak. As a young boy, he would flip through women’s fashion magazines and quickly became interested in the design of women's clothing. He went on to study sculpture at the School of Fine Arts in Tunis and later worked as a tailor for a dressmaker before he found work creating garments based on Parisian haute couture designs. The combination of his classical training in sculpture and practical experience as a tailor convinced Alaïa that fashion was his calling. In 1957, he moved to Paris and worked for Christian Dior for less than a week before being fired. From there, Alaïa secured a job with Guy Laroche and opened his own maison in the 1970s.

At his core, Alaïa was a couturier who cut and sewed his samples himself. He also experimented with zips, seams, unexpected materials, textures, animal prints and floral patterns like an artist. Today, Alaïa’s clothes look untouched by the passage of time and the various trends that have materialized since their debut; they are as fresh, stylish and stunning as ever. His garments are pop-culture icons in their own right: Cher Horowitz, played by Alicia Silverstone in 1995’s Clueless, exasperated with a perpetrator holding her at gunpoint, declares, “But this is an Alaïa!”

Vintage Alaïa evening dresses, skirts and other attire continue to influence contemporary designers such as Nicolas Ghesquière and Hervé Léger. Not only are his clothes timeless in their glamour, but they also represent the groundbreaking vision of an artist, one who was known to proclaim, “I am not a designer. I am a couturier.”

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Designer: Azzedine Alaïa
Azzedine Alaïa Cutout Suede Sandals EU 38 UK 5 US 8
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
These sandals by Alaïa reworks the classic black sandal in inimitable style, sculpted with a stiletto heel and a discreet platform for support and comfort, team this cutout suede pai...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

ALAIA black leather Knee High STRETCH Boots Shoes 39.5
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Alaïa knee-high boots in stretchy super smooth calfskin. Open with a zipper on the inside. Have been worn and are in excellent condition. Measurements Imprinted Size...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia black wool blend catsuit, fw 1991
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
▪ Azzedine Alaia black wool blend catsuit ▪ Skin tight ▪ High v-neck ▪ Long sleeves ▪ Concealed zipper at centre-back ▪ Size Medium ▪ Fall-Winter 1991
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa Black Wool Knit Hooded Body Con Dress 1980s
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Azzedine Alaïa 1980s black wool knit hooded body con mini dress. This amazing version of the iconic dress with hood has is done in black wool. The bodice is flat knit the extra long ...
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1980s Azzedine Alaïa

Never Worn Alaïa Denim Cap, Spring-Summer 1991
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Geneva, CH
Already seen at the 1990 Fall-Winter collection (see picture 3), this Alaïa cap (in the beret spirit) is found throughout the iconic 1991 Spring-Summer "Tati" collection (see picture...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

1980's AZZEDLINE ALAIA black velour dress with studs
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Very rare, black velour dress with studs designed by Azzedine Alaia dating to the early 1980's. Labeled a French size 42 however this was not clipped on the size 2 mannequin. Approxi...
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1980s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia Chenille Bodycon Playsuit Catsuit Jumpsuit
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Fort Myers, FL
Azzedine Alaia Chenille Bodycon Playsuit Catsuit Jumpsuit FR 38 Excellent Condition! As seen on Rihanna!
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia 1994 Vintage Chenille Dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Fort Myers, FL
Azzedine Alaia 1994 Vintage Chenille Dress Size XS Black Alaïa short sleeve mini dress with faux fur trim, mock neck and zip closure at back. All Eyes on Alaïa For the last half-c...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia 2020 Nude Acetate AA0013S Sunglasses w/ Studding rt. $620
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in New York, NY
Azzedine Alaia 2020 Nude Acetate AA0013S Sunglasses w/ Studding Made In: Italy Color: Nude Hardware: Silvertone Materials: Acetate Overall Condition: Excellent pre-owned condition ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

ALAIA black leather silver square stud embellished curved heel bootie EU38
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Hong Kong, NT
ALAIA black leather silver square stud embellished curved heel bootie EU38 Brand: Alaia Designer: Azzedine Alaia Model Name / Style: Studded bootie Material: Leather Color: Black Pat...
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2010s Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Black & Metallic Red Lattice Pattern Bodycon Mini Dress w/Flounced Hem
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Azzedine Alaia black and metallic red sleeveless bodycon knee-length dress with flounced hem and scalloped edge trim at neckline, armhole and hemline. In excellent condition - size t...
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Early 2000s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia Iconic Black Corset Belt 1990
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Paris, FR
Stunning belt Azzedine Alaïa in black calfskin covering a beige leather. Size 70 (FR). Total lengh : 70 cm, height : 13 cm This article will be delivered with its dustbag as well a...
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Late 20th Century Azzedine Alaïa

90s ALAIA pink diamond harlequin print viscose dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
90s ALAIA pink diamond harlequin print viscose dress. fit size 2/4 B: 30" W:24" H: 30" Length: 47"
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Late 20th Century Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Vintage Black Leather Corset Belt
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Nice, FR
ALAIA vintage black high-waist leather belt featuring a back corset style design with several strips lacing and stud details on the sides. Bronze toned hardware. Marked ALAIA PARIS...
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20th Century Azzedine Alaïa

NEW AZZEDINE ALAIA DEEP BURGUNDY SATIN PLATFORM SANDALS SHOES It. 39.5 - US 9.5
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Montgomery, TX
New AZZEDINE ALAIA Satin Shoes Sandals Color: Deep Burgundy Italian size 39.5 or US 9.5 Burgundy Satin & Red Leather Lining Red Leather Side Buckle Closure Platform - 3/4 inches ...
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2010s Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Black and White Peplum Top Tags attached
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Alaia black peplum top with white stitching. New with tags. So pretty!! very comfortable. Retails for over $2,000 Tags attached 45% viscose, 35% nylon, 15% wool, 5% polyester. Si...
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Early 2000s Azzedine Alaïa

Vintage Alaia Black Lace Bodycon Mini Dress with Sheer Lace Sleeves
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Alaia black lace body hugging mini dress with bronze-colored underlay and sheer lace sleeves. In excellent condition. Size S. MEASUREMENTS: Bust - 30" Waist - 26" Hip ...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia Vintage Laced Up Denim Pants & Jacket Set Pant Suit 2 Piece Set
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Fort Myers, FL
Alaïa denim 2 piece pantsuit. Jacket features notched lapels, three zip-accented pockets at front, lace-up accents at back and zip closure at front. Pants feature four pockets, contr...
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Late 20th Century Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia black leather riding boots, size 37.5
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
Alaia black leather riding boots, size 37.5, round toe, zip fastening, short heel and center slits at the rear. US 7 - UK 4.5
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2010s Azzedine Alaïa

ALAIA black wool blend JACQUARD KNIT Flared Dress 40
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Zürich, CH
Alaïa jacquard knit flared short-sleeve dress in black wool (40%), viscose (37%), polyester (14%), polaymide (7%) and elastane (2%) featuring scalloped hemline. Opens with zipper on ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Knit Skirt Suit Ensemble, Fall-Winter 1990-1991
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Geneva, CH
Rare and collectible Alaïa skirt suit ensemble from the iconic Fall-Winter 1990-1991 collection. Designed to flatteringly follow the silhouette, the set consists of a bodysuit and a ...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia SOLD OUT Brand New Black Cut Out Gladiator Heels Seen On Red Carpet $2,700
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in San Diego, CA
Absolutely stunning pair of brand new Alaia black leather cut-out gladiator heels. Laces up front, and zipper above heel, with pull stamped "Alaia." These beauties retailed for $2,70...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia Purple Long Sleeve High V Neck Dress 1991
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a vintage Azzedine Alaia purple long sleeve body-con dress featuring a high collar neck, curved seams on the bodice, a fitted skirt, and a ce...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Red & Black Snake Skin Pointed Toe Pumps - 41
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Alaia Red & Black Snake Skin Pointed Toe Pumps - 41. These uniquely beautiful pumps are in good condition with some noticeable wear on the heel and soles. These pumps features ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia 1990's Vintage Legging Pants & Top 2 Piece Set Ensemble
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Fort Myers, FL
Azzedine Alaia 1990's Vintage Leggings Pants & Top 2 Piece Set Ensemble Size S
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia F/W 1991 Vintage Butterfly Print Fitted Skirt
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Fort Myers, FL
Azzedine Alaia Vintage Butterfly Fitted Skirt XS Iconic Piece!!! Highly Collectible! Alaïa knitted mini skirt with butterfly pattern throughout and elasticized waistband. All Eyes ...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Gray Leather Belt W/ Gold Accents
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Alaia Gray Leather Belt W/ Gold Accents. From 1980s in excellent condition. New with Tag Measurements: Longest length - 29.8 inches Shortest length - 28 inches Width - 2.5 inches
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1980s Azzedine Alaïa

1980's AZZEDINE ALAIA long full skirted seamed black dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Very rare long black cotton blend dress with full skirt, open back and beautiful seaming from Azzedine Alaia dating to the early 1980's. Dress best fits a Modern US size 2. Approxima...
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1980s Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Burgundy Knit Dress - Size Medium
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
Alaia Wool Burgundy Dress - Crochet style dress with horizontal pattern - Tight top with a dropped waist and loose skirt - The dress itself is heavy and features a miniskirt Measu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Off White Linen Dress With Back Cutout
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a vintage Azzedine Alaia black linen knit dress featuring an open boat neckline, long sleeve, elastic waistband, cutout back, fitted skirt, a...
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1980s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa Fitted Blazer FW1990
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Azzedine Alaïa Fitted Jacket Fall / Winter 1990 Ready-to-Wear Made in France Black Pinstripe Grey piping detail 6 black buttons down front of jacket Notched lapel Back of the ...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

ALAIA midnight & navy blue wool JACQUARD KNIT Flared Dress 40
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Zürich, CH
Alaïa flared jacquard knit sleeve-less scoop-neck dress in midnight blue and navy wool (43%), viscose (37%), polyamide (7%) and elastane (3%). Opens with zipper on the back. Unlined....
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

1990's AZZEDINE ALAIA blue crocheted knit dress with flounced sleeves
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Blue, knit wool dress with crocheted detail from Alaia dating to the 1990's. Fits a size small. Approximate measurements (unstretched): shoulders 13.5", bust 30", waist 23", hips 34"...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

2000s Alaia Leopard Skater Dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Ivory, pink and black Alaïa wool-blend double stretch fit and flare sleeveless mini dress with leopard knit jacquard throughout, V-neck and concealed zip closure at back. 57% wool, 2...
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Early 2000s Azzedine Alaïa

1990S ALAIA Black Wool Knit & Snakeskin Coat
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in New York, NY
1990S ALAIA Black Wool Knit & Snakeskin Coat
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa c.2004 Semi-Sheer Cutout Ruched Slits Gown Maxi Evening Dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Fort Myers, FL
Azzedine Alaïa Semi-Sheer Cutout Ruched High Slits Gown Maxi Evening Dress FR 38 As seen on Naomi Campbell in the black color. Azzedine Alaia semi-sheer ruched dress featuring cutou...
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Early 2000s Azzedine Alaïa

1990 AZZEDINE ALAIA black lace runway dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Very rare, black lace dress with bronze lining designed by Azzedine Alaia dating to fall of 1990 exactly as seen on the runway. Documented piece. Labeled a size 'S'. Fits an XS or S....
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Sleeveless dress in stretch beige rayon jacquard Azzedine Alaia
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Sleeveless dress in stretch beige rayon jacquard
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Early 2000s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia navy knitted virgin wool bodycon hooded dress, fw 1986
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
▪ Azzedine Alaia knitted virgin wool dress ▪ Single zip fastening circles the body starting at the right hip and ending at the left breast ▪ Integral hood with scarf ending on one si...
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1980s Azzedine Alaïa

1994 AZZEDINE ALAIA navy blue and green wool cropped cardigan sweater
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Deep navy-blue and green cropped wool cardigan sweater with raised weave and shell buttons designed by Azzedine Alaia dating to fall of 1994. Labeled a size 'S'. Approximate measurem...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

1990's AZZEDINE ALAIA black backless halter dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Very rare jet black dress from Alaia dating to the 1990's. Absolutely stunning shape. Labeled a size 'S', although this would best suit a US size 2 or 4. Waist measures approximately...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Bombe T Strap Snakeskin White & Black Sandal Heels (39.5 EU)
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Alaïa's black and white snakeskin T-strap sandals are covered in semi-spherical ornaments detailed with polka dots, stripes, and zebra print. Featuring a leg-lengthening stiletto hee...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Vintage 1987 Azzedine Alaia Documented Golden Print Silk Backless Halter Dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An iconic golden marble print silk dress from Azzedine Alaia's 1987 Spring-Summer collection. The same dress was famously worn by Madonna for the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine July ...
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1980s Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Grey Sleeveless Fit & Flare V Neck Dress Sz L
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in New York, NY
Alaia Grey Sleeveless Fit & Flare V Neck Dress Sz L Made In: Italy Color: Grey Materials: 50% cotton, 25% viscose, 20% nylon, 5% polyester Opening/Closure: Hidden back zipper Overal...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

1991 AZZEDINE ALAIA black ribbed chenille dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Very rare, jet-black, ribbed chenille dress from Azzedine Alaia dating to 1991. Labeled a size XS. Approximate measurements (unstretched): bust 32", waist 21", hips 27" and length 34...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Black Coat With Pleated Lace Skirt
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a vintage Azzedine Alaia black coat featuring a pleated skirt with lace, a wide rounded notched collar, and armhole princess seams. Alaia L...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Alexandre Vauthier (Alex 90) Brown Crocodile-Embossed Leather Boots (40 EU)
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Montreal, Quebec
These brown Alexandre Vauthier Alex 90 crocodile-embossed leather boots are made from leather with crocodile-effect embossing. They feature a pointed toe, wide silhouette, side zip f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia indigo denim bustier halter mini dress, ss 1991
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
▪ Azzedine Alaia indigo denim halter mini dress ▪ Bustier with underwire bra ▪ Flat fell seams throughout in a contrast cream stitch ▪ Open sides and back ▪ Corset lacing at the ce...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

2000s Alaia Black Cropped Blazer
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Azzedine Alaia blazer from the early 2000s. A very chic, cropped and fitted wool blazer. Long sleeves with an oversized and rounded collar that creates a deep v neckline. Three dark ...
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Early 2000s Azzedine Alaïa

90's Azzedine Alaïa Vintage Green Bodysuit with Long Sleeves Small Size FW 1991
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Paris, FR
Azzedine Alaïa, Made in Italy, FW 1991. Beautiful light green bodysuit with high V neckline, long sleeves and stitch details. Closes in the back with a zipper. The fabric is made f...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa Laser-Cut Suede Ankle Boots
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
If you love wearing black, Alaïa's ankle boots will make a statement without the need for bright colors or embellishments. This suede pair is laser-cut with the house's signature geo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

ALAIA blue viscose FISHNET SLEEVELESS FLARED KNIT MINI Dress 36 XS
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Alaia fishnet knit dress in blue viscose (100%). Features a zigzag hemline. Opens with a concealed zipper on the back. Unlined. Has been worn and is in excellent condi...
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2010s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa Metallic Croc Effect Leather Sandals
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
These Alaïa sandals have been made in Italy from metallic croc-effect leather, they have a striking crossover strappy profile and are set on a stiletto heels. Heel measures approxima...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

1992 Azzedine Alaia documented black dress with sheer asymmetrical hemline
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Jet black viscose dress with sheer asymmetrical hemline from Azzedine Alaia dating to spring of 1992. Labeled a size 'M', although this will also fit a size S. Approximate measuremen...
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Late 20th Century Azzedine Alaïa

AZZEDINE ALAIA black mini dress with ruffled hemline
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Very rare jet black knit mini dress with scalloped trim and semi sheer skirt with decorative diamond embroidered hemline from Azzedine Alaia dating to the early 1990's, Dress is lab...
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Late 20th Century Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Black Wiggle Dress With Exposed Back And V Straps 1985
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a vintage Azzedine Alaia black wiggle dress featuring a blouson top with interior straps to keep the top in place, exposed back with V straps...
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1980s Azzedine Alaïa

1990S Azzedine Alaia Black Poly Blend Stretch Strappy Backless Bodysuit
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in New York, NY
1990S Azzedine Alaia Black Poly Blend Stretch Strappy Backless Bodysuit
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

AZZEDINE ALAIA honey-comb woven dress with scalloped neck and fluted hem
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Fitted, honey-comb woven knit dress with scalloped neckline and fluted hem designed by Azzedine Alaia. Color is black with a slightly metallic copper-brown weave to it. Labeled a Fre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa fashion for sale on 1stDibs

Find an extraordinary range of authentic Azzedine Alaïa fashion available on 1stDibs. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of red, pink, blue and other tones. Most of the items here were designed during the 20th Century, but you can find examples that were created as recently as the 21st Century and Contemporary. Customers interested in this designer might also find the work of Tom Ford, Oscar De La Renta and Jean Paul Gaultier appealing. Find haute couture, vintage and designer Azzedine Alaïa fashion from top boutiques around the world on 1stDibs. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $135 and tops out at $39,995, while the average work can sell for $1,400.

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