Designer Crochet: Azzedine Alaia

It’s Thursday morning and that means it’s time for another post in my newest series, The Designer Crochet Project. So far we’ve looked at crochet items and fashion inspiration from Alexander McQueen and Andre Courreges. This week we’re looking at a designer I didn’t know until know: Azzedine Alaia.

Fashion Designer Azzedine Alaia

Since this is a designer I’m not familiar with I’m first going to see what my trusty book on 50 fashion designers Designer Crochet: Azzedine Alaia has to say. First of all the subtitle for this designers is: “Tight, tighter, skintight: since the 1980’s he has been the King of Cling”. Okay, we should get some interesting fashions here. I’ve gone on to learn that this Tunisian-born designer originally studied sculpture which you can see in his artistic fashion design. He worked with several big designers such as Guy Laroche and (briefly) Christian Dior, and began to execute his own designs when working as a personal tailor to Comtesse de Blegiers. In 1980 he debuted a popular patent leather coat. Five years later he designed a skintight Latex dress for Grace Jones and that’s when his fashions really started hitting the scene. He isn’t know so much on the runways because he hates creating collections on a deadline and instead designs specifically for a private client base.

Azzedine Alaia Crochet Pieces

Knitwear and crochet clothing lends itself well to Alaia’s fashion sense since it has the potential to be very clingy and fitted when done right. Let’s take a look at some of the crochet and crochet-inspired items Alaia’s made. As you’ll see, he drifts towards black when it comes to crochet and the resulting product is very striking.

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Here we see Israeli model Bar Refaeli wearing an Alaia crochet gown at a charity event. Image via Candy Barbie.

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Stephanie Seymour in Azzedine Alaia for Flaunt Magazine. Image via Zimbio.

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Here’s a recent piece: a Fall 2011 crochet gown. Image via Cool & Chic Style Fashion.

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In 2007, Naomi Campbell, Mariah Carey and Victoria Beckham all wore different versions of the same Alaia crochet dress. Image via Just Jared.

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Seriously amazing crochet inspired boots! Photo via Joao Chavez.

Outstanding Fashions from Azzedine Alaia

I think it would be awesome if a cool crochet designer took inspiration from these Alaia designs and made some crochet fabulousness:

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The dress on the right is knit but I could easily see it in crochet. Photo by Valerio Mezzanotti via NY Times.

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Someone who is skilled at structured crochet work could do something awesome with this jacket as inspiration!

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I’m inspired by the lines of this dress and think something cool could be done like it in crochet.

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