Alaïa is the fashion house created by Azzedine Alaïa, a Tunisian-born couturier and shoe designer, particularly successful beginning in the 1980s. After his graduation, Alaïa began working as a dressmaker's assistant. He soon began dressing private clients, and in 1957 he moved to Paris to work in fashion design.
In Paris, he started to work at Christian Dior as a tailleur, but had to leave five days later as the Algerian war broke out, soon moved to work for Guy Laroche for two seasons. For almost 20 years he privately dressed members of the world's jet set, from Marie-Hélène de Rothschild to Louise de Vilmo and to Greta Garbo, who used to come incognito for her fittings.
Lady Gaga has also worn several of his creations, notably in her Thanksgiving special, when she wore a long fall 2011 dress. Rihanna has worn his creations as well, notably at the 2013 Grammys. His creations have also been worn by Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, Solange Knowles, Behati Prinsloo and more.
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