Iconic Alaïa Cord Skirt Suit

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In the early 90’s, Africa was an important inspiration for Azzedine Alaïa. Collector of African art, he was fascinated among others by the draping of the Masai. His 1990 Spring-Summer collection was very much influenced by this African theme. This highly collectible skirt suit is a significant example from this collection. Made of cotton gabardine the jacket is embellished with series of thin cords constructed like a corset. It closes with eight buttons down the front and has an internal belt to accentuate even more the waistline. The tight to the body skirt fastens with a button and a zip at the back. This “Parisian chic” safari suit remains the dress created for Tina Turner and exhibited during the Alaïa retrospective at the Galliera museum in Paris late 2013-early 2014 (see picture 10).

Fits approx. : US 2-6 (small US 6) / FR 36-38 (small FR 38)

Measurements (taken flat) :
Jacket (labelled size FR 38) ->
Width (shoulder to shoulder) approx. 48 cm (18.9 inches)
Waist approx. 33.5 cm (13.2 inches)
Length (shoulder to hem without cords) approx. 53 cm (20.9 inches)
Length (shoulder to hem cords included) approx. 66 cm (26 inches)
Sleeve length approx. 60 cm (23.6 inches)
Total length (without cords) approx. 57.5 cm (22.6 inches)
Total length (cords included) approx. 70.5 cm (27.8 inches)
Skirt (labelled size FR 36) ->
Waist approx. 63 cm (24.8 inches)
Length (waist to hem) approx. 47.8 cm (18.8 inches)

This item has been professionally cleaned, pressed & carefully inspected by a couture-trained seamstress before being sold.

Credit photo :
Picture n° 10 -> François Mori/AP/Sipa
Azzedine Alaïa
Place of Origin
Material Notes
Cotton, Gabardine, Color blocking, Boned, Button
Excellent. Very light discoloration on some cords..
Wear consistent with age and use
Marked Size
FR38 (US 6) & FR36 (skirt) US 2 (EU)
Dealer Location
Geneva, Switzerland
Number of Items
Reference Number
Julia's Dressing
Rue Jean-Violette 18
Geneva CH 1205
+41 225180750
1stdibs Dealer since 2013 Located in Geneva, CH
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