The King of Cling: The World Remembers Tunisian Designer Azzedine Alaia



The world has been mourning over the loss of one of its great talents. The gifted Tunisian fashion designer, Azzedine Alaia, passed away last night, 18th of November, in Paris at the age of 77.



The legendary man, who was also known as The King of Cling, had devotees all over the world, from royals to celebrities — and they’ve been reminiscing their fondest memories with him on Instagram, and it is honestly getting to us so emotional.




“Alaia was a visionary, and a remarkable man. But most importantly, he will be deeply missed by all of those who knew him, as well as by the women around the world who wore his clothes,” Edward Enninful, the Editor of Vogue, said.


my dear ALAIA…. you will live on forever. rip.

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Simply the best! No one like you! It was an honor to know you. You will be missed so greatly! Rest In Peace Mr. Alaia

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The Tunisian designer was born in 1940, where came from a very simple farmer background. His twin sisters were his inspiration to the world of fashion. Entering the fashion scene wasn’t an easy feat for Alaia — he had to lie about his age to get himself into the local École des Beaux-Arts in Tunis.



Adieu Azzedine ❤️Je ne te prendrais plus jamais dans mes bras comme cela c’est tellement triste.

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In 1980, he produced his first ready-to-wear collection, and four years later he was voted the Best Designer of the Year and the Best Collection of the Year at the Oscars de la Mode.




Devotees included both fashion-inclined celebrities and fashionistas such as Grace Jones, Tina Turner, Raquel Welch, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Brigitte Nielsen, Naomi Campbell, Shakira and Carla Sozzani and much more.


One of the greatest celebrity X designer collabs ever. Azzedine X Tina.

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He will always exist .

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And of course, let us not forget the First Lady of France, Carla Bruni who wore him in 2009 in Spain and his regular client, Michelle Obama.


I’ll mourn forever the loss of my friend. A true genius in not only fashion but in his heart. He was a king and had the highest standards of design and work ethic. He was so giving, so loving, his heart so full and pure. I️’d watch in awe as he hand made each and every piece, his fingers touching the fabric like poetry. Then he would want to feed us all, and cook with his own hands and talk for hours at the table while his dogs would run around joyfully smelling the delicious food he made us. To say he was special would be an understatement. To say he was integral, important and influential to fashion is simply not enough. There was no one who did what he did. No one knew a woman’s body like him. He should be celebrated as one of the greatest fashion designers the world has ever known. I️ love you, Azzedine. I️’m devastated I️ didn’t get to say goodbye. I️ love you.

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His death came as a shock to the world of fashion, and the world of art. He was always a humble man who did not care for publicity, but only his work and his loved ones.





WE SAID THIS: Our condolences to the Tunisian legend, who will always be remembered among the world!