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6 January 2012

Oh My Alaïa

An exhibition like no other

I'm sure most people have a particular image of Azzedine Alaïa, or his work, when you think of him. Mine would definitely be of his blood red hooded gown worn by Grace Jones in A View To A Kill.

But it might be time to opt for a new immortalised image when you see the extraordinary exhibition of his work from the last ten years. 'Azzedine Alaïa in the 21st century' opened in December at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, and although most of us can't just flit there at a whim we can all be seduced by some pretty spectacular imagery. Each of the exhibition rooms is arranged into the different materials he most cherishes, from a room filled with his work with velvet to another exhibiting his craftsmanship with animal skins; fur, leather, wool, chiffon, knitwear and cotton grace the other stylised rooms.

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