Author(s): Azzedine Alaia
A special twentieth anniversary edition of the only definitive publication on one of the most respected and influential fashion designers of our time. A new edition of the only major monograph published on Ala a, which has been out of print for over a decade. Ala a was renowned for highly intricate form fitting couture with a sculptural quality. More than a decade in the making, this book is a celebration of Ala a's world, a collection of images of his haute couture creations worn by his muses and photographed by icons of twentieth century fashion. With archival photographs chronicling Ala a's early years in Tunisia; excerpts from literary texts and other sources of inspiration for the couturier; and contributions from his closest friends, the reader is invited to discover an intimate world where creation was allowed to flourish. Ala a features more than 200 photographs by Paolo Roversi, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Patrick Demarchelier, Arthur Elgort, Ellen von Unwerth, Gilles Bensimon, and numerous other master photographers. With a new introduction by Carla Sozzani and Christoph von Weyhe from the Association Ala a this book is a testament to a designer whose tremendous skill, unique vision, and independent spirit colored the fabric of the fashion industry forever.