A faithful mirror, Alaïa Collector’s Book reflects the intense and magnificent work of artist Azzedine Alaïa. Limited edition of only 50 copies in luxury black leather case. Sold exclusively at Assouline Boutiques.
For over 35 years, Prosper Assouline, the founder of luxury publisher Assouline Publishing, and late fashion designer Azzedine Alaia (26 February 1935 – 18 November 2017) were close friends. As a tribute to their friendship, Prosper Assouline decided to republish Assouline’s 1992 “Collector’s Book” on Alaïa’s Summer 1992 show that lays bare the work of a creative artist. Never before had a haute couture designer given such an in-depth view of the secret alchemy that goes into a fashion show. Azzedine Alaïa was not one to do things the way everyone else had done, so it was fitting that he would be the first to produce such a work. Read about how Azzedine Alaïa changed the way we see women’s bodies.
“What this book offers is the complete story of a fashion show from start to finish, including: everyone participating, all of the objects required, and every item of décor or inspiration which helped form Alaïa’s work. It is like a seismographic recording of all the emotions, colors, fabrics, and shapes that go into creating a fashion show. The French call such a show a “collection,” hence the title Livre de Collection, which offers an inside view of an intensely creative universe,” explained Prosper Assouline.
This book also redresses what could be described as an injustice of the fashion world by giving a durable form to the eminently ephemeral event that is a couture show. It is a permanent record of the creative chaos that is a feature of every fashion collection, an ordered reflection of the fragile and wonderful craziness in which a creative artist lives and works.
The Azzedine Alaïa London store will be opening on 26 April 2018.