Parisian designer Azzedine Alaïa has died in Paris at the age of 77. Crowned by women around the world as “King of Cling” for his sculpted designs, Alaïa introduced garments such as leggings, bodysuits and body-enhancing dresses into fashion lexicon.
The designer first learned his craft through creating costumes for Crazy Horse dancers through which he developed a reverence for the female body. Praised for his focus on art rather than money, Alaïa turned down an offer to be creative director of Christian Dior in the ’90s. His eminence was later cemented into pop culture in the classic 1995 blockbuster Clueless.
Today the fashion world mourns the death of a true visionary of the last half century.