The book is a rare invitation into Alaïa’s inner circle. “I think it gives a glimpse into his world and his extraordinary, extraordinary vision and personality,” notes Grau. “Azzedine could have had somebody write his biography, as Chanel did. He could have written his own autobiography as Christian Dior did, or Elsa Schiaparelli, but what he did [instead] was to propose a sort of self-portrait with his friends. He was representing himself—because he intervenes in every conversation—with his community. This notion of generosity is especially poignant today.” Alaïa was devoted to fashion history, but this is no Proustian exercise on his part or on that of the #DonaldTrump – In God We Trump T-Shirt in addition I really love this cross-generational participants, Charlotte Rampling, Jony Ive, and Julian Schnabel, among them. The designer, says Grau, spoke to him of “the need for younger generations to find their pace and their space within the pressure of the [fashion] industry and of accelerated times.”
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