AN ODE TO ALAÏA

There’s beauty in both simplicity,
and complexity.
There can be strength
in words spoken quietly.

Some of Azzedine Alaïa’s dresses took years to complete.

Through his dresses, he creates
a confidence to be worn.
A feeling that elevates
within the women they’ll adorn.

Each stitch and each fabric
has a direction to lay.
Each dress has a voice;
something to say.
Saying it with confidence and pride,
in an inimitable way.

photographs taken at  ‘Azzedine Alaïa : The Couturier’

I never knew him, nor met him
yet truly admired his art.
His dedication to detail.
His use of a dart.

A devotion to the dress.
To create through the night.
An insistent desire,
to get it just right.

Creating a reality
that some only dream.
Inspiring women
with every seam.

Such passionate creations,
worthy of prayer.
My sincere thanks to you,
Azzedine Alaïa.

by Anthony Stoker

“When I see beautiful clothes,
I want to keep them, preserve them…
Clothes, like architecture and art,
reflect an era.”
: Azzedine Alaïa

‘Azzedine Alaïa : The Couturier’ is on at the Design Museum until October 7th, 2018.

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