Last month, Azzedine Alaïa’s passing brought forth tributes from across the fashion world, most recently from Naomi Campbell at the British Fashion Council’s annual Fashion Awards who said, “Everyone in this room knows that Azzedine was able to transform a woman’s body into something special; make you look great and still like a woman.” She continued on, “He captured the essence of femininity. But beyond his work as a designer, from the second day I met him, he became my papa.”

Now, there will be a major exhibition of Alaïa’s work opening in London in spring 2018 at the Design Museum. Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier will run from May 2018 through October 2018, and will examine and honor the designer’s career and legacy. The “King of Cling” curated, along with guest curator Mark Wilson, 60 perfect examples of his craft — a showcase of, as Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana once said about Alaia — his mastery of “manipulating proportions to enhance a woman’s body. His clothes are so sexy.”

Everyone from Cher Horowitz to Madonna to Michelle Obama loved Alaïa, and this exhibition will be a perfect send-off — a send-off he was able to create, a fitting moment considering Alaïa’s reputation as a perfectionist — to a man who understood how to dress women. In a statement, a museum spokesperson said, “‘Following his untimely passing on 18 November 2017, the Design Museum will now present this unique exhibition planned by Alaïa himself exploring his passion and energy for fashion as he himself intended it to be seen.”

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