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Azzedine Alaïa

French, 1935-2017

Master Couturier, King of Cling: legendary fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa (1935–2017) is known by many names, each referring to his unparalleled ability to mold fabric onto the female form in unexpected and radical ways. The Tunisian-born designer spent his entire life in relentless pursuit of a wholly distinctive and most-flattering fit.

“For me, fashion is the body,” said Alaïa. “I make clothes; women make fashion.”

Alaïa is credited with inventing the supermodel through his exclusive fashion shows, the body-con dress — which, quite literally, hugs the body and emphasizes and embraces every curve — and pioneering what industry professionals have taken to calling “slow fashion.” The designer openly rejected empty, of-the-moment fads as well as the structure of biannual seasons and instead took his time, unhurried by press and releasing collections at his own pace. Most importantly, Alaïa was a visionary when it came to traditional notions of femininity and sexuality. At a time when loose, soft silhouettes were the norm, Alaïa’s sexy, waist-cinching hourglass and body-con outfits were shocking.

Alaïa’s “body-conscious clothes,” wrote fashion critic Suzy Menkes, “seemed a deliberate challenge — throwing down a sexist gauntlet in a feminist world.”

While powerful women such as Madonna, Michelle Obama, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington wear Alaïa’s creations today, his origins were remarkably humble.

Born to a farming family, Alaïa always had a creative streak. As a young boy, he would flip through women’s fashion magazines and quickly became interested in the design of women's clothing. He went on to study sculpture at the School of Fine Arts in Tunis and later worked as a tailor for a dressmaker before he found work creating garments based on Parisian haute couture designs. The combination of his classical training in sculpture and practical experience as a tailor convinced Alaïa that fashion was his calling. In 1957, he moved to Paris and worked for Christian Dior for less than a week before being fired. From there, Alaïa secured a job with Guy Laroche and opened his own maison in the 1970s.

At his core, Alaïa was a couturier who cut and sewed his samples himself. He also experimented with zips, seams, unexpected materials, textures, animal prints and floral patterns like an artist. Today, Alaïa’s clothes look untouched by the passage of time and the various trends that have materialized since their debut; they are as fresh, stylish and stunning as ever. His garments are pop-culture icons in their own right: Cher Horowitz, played by Alicia Silverstone in 1995’s Clueless, exasperated with a perpetrator holding her at gunpoint, declares, “But this is an Alaïa!”

Vintage Alaïa evening dresses, skirts and other attire continue to influence contemporary designers such as Nicolas Ghesquière and Hervé Léger. Not only are his clothes timeless in their glamour, but they also represent the groundbreaking vision of an artist, one who was known to proclaim, “I am not a designer. I am a couturier.”

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Azzedine Alaia black raffia button up a-line maxi dress, ss 1996
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
▪ Azzedine Alaia black raffia maxi dress ▪ Front button fastenings ▪ Long sleeves with flared cuffs ▪ Structured a-line maxi skirt ▪ Curved seams at the bodice ▪ Drop waist ▪ 10...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Mustard Wool Bodycon Skirt
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in New York, NY
Product details: Vintage mustage wool knit bodycon skirt by Alaia. 27" waist, 33" hips, 23.5" length. Condition: Pre-owned. Very good.
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Black Midi Skirt
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in New York, NY
Product details: Vintage black midi skirt by Alaia. 27" waist, 35" hips, 35" length. Condition: Pre-owned. Good. Some minor stains and wear throughout.
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Sleeveless dress in stretch beige rayon jacquard Azzedine Alaia
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Sleeveless dress in stretch beige rayon jacquard
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Early 2000s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa Metallic Jacquard Knit Mini Dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
The weighted, stretch-knit of Alaїa's mini dress ensures the skater silhouette holds its shape, patterned with metallic jacquard design, this style has a scoop-neck and is sleeveless...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa Metallic Jacquard Knit Mini Dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
Alaïa's mini dress is jacquard-knitted in an intricate crochet pattern - the stretchy fabric is flecked with rose-gold yarns that shimmer at each turn and accentuate every swirl, des...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

New Azzedine Alaia Embellished White Mini Skort Shorts and Bra Top 2 Piece Set
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Totowa, NJ
New with Tags Azzedine Alaia Embellished White Shorts and Bra Top 2 Piece Set All Eyes on Alaïa For the last half-century, the world’s most fashionable and adventuresome women have...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa Metallic Croc Effect Leather Sandals
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
These Alaïa sandals have been made in Italy from metallic croc-effect leather, they have a striking crossover strappy profile and are set on a stiletto heels. Heel measures approxima...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Baby Blue Ensemble Dress and Crop Jacket Size 38
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Collector's Item!! - Alaia Paris sleeveless dress and matching cropped jacket in baby light blue. This is such a flattering and elegant silhouette. Depending on your height - this...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Bag in Black Leather
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: ALAÏA - Condition: Very good condition. Minor sign of wear on base corners - Accessories: Dustbag, Mirror - Measurements: Width: 31cm , Height: 25cm , Depth: 15cm - Exte...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa Fringe Detail Jacket
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Azzedine Alaïa Jacket Vintage Circa late 1980's or early 1990's Made in Italy Brown Mint green contrast stitching Double breasted Opalescent buttons on front of jacket Shawl ...
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Late 20th Century Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Bombe T Strap Snakeskin White & Black Sandal Heels (39.5 EU)
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Alaïa's black and white snakeskin T-strap sandals are covered in semi-spherical ornaments detailed with polka dots, stripes, and zebra print. Featuring a leg-lengthening stiletto hee...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Mini Bomb Strappy Blush Suede Sandal Heels (41 EU)
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Montreal, Quebec
These heels feature ultra soft suede goatskin in blush, a feminine stiletto heel, back zip fastening and delicate pink straps. COLOR: Blush (pink) MATERIAL: Suede uppers with leathe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Studded Stiletto Bootie Black (39.5 EU)
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Montreal, Quebec
COLOR: Black MATERIAL: leather and studs SIZE: 38.5 EU / 8 US HEEL HEIGHT: 130 mm / 5” CONDITION: New. COMES WITH: Dust bag and box Made in Italy
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Alexandre Vauthier (Alex 90) Brown Crocodile-Embossed Leather Boots (40 EU)
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Montreal, Quebec
These brown Alexandre Vauthier Alex 90 crocodile-embossed leather boots are made from leather with crocodile-effect embossing. They feature a pointed toe, wide silhouette, side zip f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia red suede wrap top and mini skirt set, c. 1990
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
▪ Azzedine Alaia red suede two-piece set ▪ Cropped bustier vest with wrap buckle fastening ▪ High waisted mini skirt ▪ Silk lining ▪ This design was originally produced for Spring...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Ankle Black Suede Studded Stiletto Hiking Boot (39 EU)
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Montreal, Quebec
The Alaia hiking boots feature a black suede exterior with silver micro studs, traditional lace up fastening at front, leather soles with rubber hiking grips and stiletto heels with ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Black Suede Platform Hiking Boots (38.5 EU) Ariana Grande
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Montreal, Quebec
As seen on Ariana Grande! These glamorous hiking boots have an exterior of black suede and feature lace up fastening, triangular silver-toned eyelets, fur lining, round toe, stiletto...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia Leather Cutout Mini Skirt & Bra Bralette Crop Top 2 Piece Set
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Totowa, NJ
Azzedine Alaia Leather Cutout Mini Skirt & Bra Bralette Crop Top 2 Piece Set Skirt is from the Fall 1983 collection. Please note size tag is missing - size is estimated by measureme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa Crocheted Cotton Blend Mini Dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
Azzedine Alaїa famously shunned fashion seasons and created beautiful, timeless collections instead this dress has been knitted by artisans in Italy, this cotton-blend mini dress is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia F/W 1986 Jacket Skirt and Pants Suit
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Water Mill, NY
An amazing iconic fine black wool 3 piece skirt, pant and jacket suit from Azzedine Alaia as displayed in SCAD Fashion Museum in Atlanta. The spectacular front wrapping jacket is a...
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1980s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia "MON COEUR EST À PAPA" Black Fit and Flare Dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Totowa, NJ
Azzedine Alaia "MON COEUR EST À PAPA" Fit and Flare Dress Size FR 40 From the Spring 2019 Collection inspired by the Iconic Spring 1992 design. All Eyes on Alaïa For the last half...
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2010s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia Black Crochet Leggings
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a pair of vintage Azzedine Alaia black knit leggings featuring a drawstring waist, bike-short panel, crochet panels, and drawstrings at the a...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia black rayon off-shoulder top and mini shorts set, ss 1992
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
▪ Azzedine Alaia black rayon top and mini shorts set ▪ Off-shoulder long sleeve top ▪ Ladder stitch detail ▪ Ruffled cuffs, waist and neckline ▪ High-waisted mini shorts with ruff...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa Metallic Jacquard Knit Mini Dress FR 36 UK 8
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
The weighted, stretch-knit of Alaïa's mini dress ensures the bodycon silhouette holds its shape, patterned with metallic jacquard design, this style has a high neck and is sleeveless...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa Metallic Jacquard Knit Mini Dress FR 36 UK 8
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
The weighted, stretch-knit of Alaïa's mini dress ensures the skater silhouette holds its shape, patterned with metallic jacquard design, this style has a scoop-neck and is sleeveless...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Purple Coat and Pant Suit 1990s
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous eggplant purple long coat and pants set from Azzedine Alaia. The long duster trench coat has a collar, black metal buttons up the front, padded shoulders, dolman sleeves,...
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1980s Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Cape Poncho Sweater
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous red knit cape poncho from Azzedine Alaia. It is elbow length with a stand up collar and a subtle abstract horizontal pattern in rows around the cape. There is a zipper a...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Red Suede Wrap Vest Top
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous top, vest in red suede imprinted with a subtle circular pattern from Azzedine Alaia. It is sleeveless crossing at the front with straps extending on each side wrapping ar...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Black & White Sleeveless Knit Gown - US Size 4
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
Alaia Black & White Sleeveless Knit Gown - Stretch knit material - Sleeveless dress - V-neckline - Mixed textures - Invisible zipper at the back Material: 62%Viscose, 27% nylo...
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2010s Azzedine Alaïa

Fall 1989 AZZEDINE ALAÏA Runway Black Velvet Knit Shawl Collar Open Front Jacket
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Munich, DE
The eighties belonged to Alaïa,” blared The Independent in 1994, 14 years after the Paris-based Tunisian “burst” onto the scene with his first tough-chic ready-to-wear collection. An...
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1980s Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia black rayon Stretch Knit Mini Skirt L
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Alaia knit pencil skirt in black rayon (85%) and elastane (15%). Is a slip on skirt with a tight-fit. Features rib details on the sides and the back. Has been worn and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa c.2004 Semi-Sheer Cutout Ruched Slits Gown Maxi Evening Dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Totowa, NJ
Azzedine Alaïa Semi-Sheer Cutout Ruched High Slits Gown Maxi Evening Dress FR 40 As seen on Naomi Campbell in the black color. Azzedine Alaia semi-sheer ruched dress featuring cutou...
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Early 2000s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa c. 1990's Vintage Halter Backless Black Midi Dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Totowa, NJ
Azzedine Alaïa c. 1990's Vintage Halter Backless Black Midi Dress Size S Alaïa black midi dress featuring halter neckline, open back. flared hem and concealed zip closure at side. P...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia S/S 1993 Runway Vintage Unworn Ivory Bra Bralette Crop Top
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Totowa, NJ
Azzedine Alaia S/S 1993 Runway Vintage Unworn Ivory Bra Bralette Crop Top Size XS
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia black wool blend catsuit, fw 1991
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
▪ Azzedine Alaia black wool blend catsuit ▪ Skin tight ▪ High v-neck ▪ Long sleeves ▪ Concealed zipper at centre-back ▪ Size Medium ▪ Fall-Winter 1991
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia Black Wool Fitted Blazer 1991
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a vintage Alaia black fitted wool blazer featuring a fitted body, notch collar, single-button closure, and pointed front hemline. Alaia Lab...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia Black Triple Strap Open Back Mini Dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a vintage Azzedine Alaia black rayon high neck halter dress featuring a fitted bodice, a curved waist seam, open back, two cross straps, and...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia black knitted bodycon dress with red ribbon graphic, fw 1992
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
▪ Azzedine Alaia black rayon knitted bodycon dress ▪ Red ribbon and bow graphic ▪ Centre back leg slit with concealed zipper ▪ Long sleeves ▪ Calf length ▪ Size Medium ▪ Fall-Win...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Alaia Textured Wool Black Fitted Scalloped Mini Dress - Us size 4
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
Alaia Textured Wool Black Fitted Scalloped Mini Dress -Textured -Skater style -High roll neck -Scalloped-edge trim on neck and hem -Sleeveless Material: 50% Wool 25% Viscose 20%...
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2010s Azzedine Alaïa

UNWORN Alaia Black Suede Ruffle Platform Ankle Sandals High Heels
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Switzerland, CH
An AZZEDINE ALAIA classic signature piece that will last you for years This gorgeous pair of heels are made out of finest black suede with ruffle cut-out details at ankles Zipper clo...
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2010s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia S/S 1991 Runway Vintage Blue Denim Backless Bra Bralette Crop Top
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Totowa, NJ
Azzedine Alaia S/S 1991 Runway Vintage Blue Denim Backless Bra Bralette Crop Top FR 36
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia cream rayon knit 5 piece pant suit set, ss 1992
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
▪ Azzedine Alaia cream rayon knit 5 piece pant suit set ▪ Cropped vest top ▪ Cropped long sleeve button-up cardigan ▪ Maxi long sleeve button-up cardigan ▪ High waisted wide-leg pan...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia cotton coat dress with César Baldaccini print, ss 1985
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
▪ Azzedine Alaia multicoloured cotton coat dress ▪ Wide short sleeves ▪ Button-up front ▪ Voluminous pleated ankle length skirt ▪ 2 side pockets ▪ 2 front flap pockets ▪ 2 ties a...
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1980s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia red and cream cotton jersey bodysuit and fishtail skirt, ss 1993
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
▪ Azzedine Alaia red and cream cotton jersey 2 piece set ▪ Fitted high-rise bodysuit ▪ Fishtail skirt ▪ Scalloped edges ▪ Ribbed waistband ▪ Concealed zipper at centre back ▪ 76...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia S/S 1992 Vintage Bustier Open Back Bodycon Blue Dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Totowa, NJ
Azzedine Alaia S/S 1992 Vintage Plunged Décolleté Bustier Open Back Bodycon Blue Dress Size S
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia Grey Suede Leather Belt
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Paris, FR
Alaïa grey suede leather belt featuring center front silver-tone buckle fastening and an internal logo stamp. Circa 1990s. In excellent vintage condition. Made in France. Label size ...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

1990 Alaia Black Lamb Leather Corset Belt
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Paris, FR
Azzedine Alaïa black soft lamb leather wide corset belt featuring center front pleats, a center back buckle, and an internal logo label. Circa 1990. We attached some photos with the ...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

Vintage 1987 Azzedine Alaia Documented Golden Print Silk Backless Halter Dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An iconic golden marble print silk dress from Azzedine Alaia's 1987 Spring-Summer collection. The same dress was famously worn by Madonna for the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine July ...
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1980s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa Bronze Leather Floral Applique Belt
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Geneva, CH
Very elegant belt of the house Azzedine Alaïa crafted in a bronze color leather garnished with a multitude of flowers in the same material and tones. Material: leather Color: bronze...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa Laser-cut Black Leather Waist Belt
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Geneva, CH
This pre-owned waist belt from Azzedine Alaïa is made with care in a luxurious black leather with laser cut detail. Lined in soft leather, for optimal comfort. With its thin loop str...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa Black Contrast Panel Lace-up Ankle Boots
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Geneva, CH
These pre-owned ankle boots in a Richelieu style from Alaïa are crafted in black suede, patent and leather. They feature a front face-up fastening, a high block heel and an almond to...
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21st Century and Contemporary Azzedine Alaïa

NEW Alaia Exotic Snake Skin High Heel Wedges Sandals
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Switzerland, CH
An AZZEDINE ALAIA classic signature piece that will last you for years This gorgeous pair of wedges made out of finest exotic skin Closure discreetly engraved with "ALAIA" Size EU 38...
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2010s Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaia taupe embossed suede cropped bolero jacket, ss 1987
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
▪ Azzedine Alaia taupe suede copped bolero jacket ▪ Embossed pattern throughout ▪ Shawl lapel ▪ 2 front pockets ▪ 2 ties fastening at waist ▪ Silk lining ▪ FR 40 - UK 12 - US 8...
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1980s Azzedine Alaïa

F/W 1988 Azzedine Alaia Runway Sheer Black Cut-Out or Cross Front Mini Dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 1988 Azzedine Alaia- can be worn 2 ways as seen in the photos. Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Excellent FABRIC: 100% cotton COUNTRY ...
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1980s Azzedine Alaïa

Vintage 1980's Azzedine Alaia Sheer Green Off Shoulder Cut-Out Dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: 1980's Azzedine Alaia Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no flaws FABRIC: Cotton-Rayon-Linen COUNTRY MADE: France SIZE: 38 but inner w...
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1980s Azzedine Alaïa

1990's Azzedine Alaia Black Knit Bodycon Off Shoulder Catsuit Jumpsuit
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: 1990's Azzedine Alaia Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- light wear- no holes or stains FABRIC: Rayon-Nylon-Spandex COUNTRY MADE: Ital...
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1990s Azzedine Alaïa

2000S AZZEDINE ALAIA White Cotton Blend Knit Fit & Flare Mini Skirt
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in New York, NY
2000S AZZEDINE ALAIA White Cotton Blend Knit Fit & Flare Mini Skirt
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Early 2000s Azzedine Alaïa