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Never Worn Alaïa Denim Cap, Spring-Summer 1991

US$375

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Already seen at the 1990 Fall-Winter collection (see picture 3), this Alaïa cap (in the beret spirit) is found throughout the iconic 1991 Spring-Summer "Tati" collection (see pictures 6, 7 & 8). Made from blue denim, this never worn baker-boy style cap is fully lined with wool and finished with a matching color gros grain ribbon. One size. Pretty either on a girl or on a boy, wear it with everything from chunky knits to tailored blazers. N.B.: prior to cleaning the cap to offer it for sale, the original price tag was still attached. Measurements : Max. brim depth approx. 9 cm (3.54 inches) Circumference approx. 54 cm (21.26 inches) Credit photos : Picture n° 3 -> Marie Sophie Wilson-Carr backstage Alaïa FW1990-1991 by Angelo Cogérino Picture n° 6 -> unknown model by Guy Marineau via Vogue in the Alaïa SS1991 "Tati" show, look 51 Picture n° 7 -> Yasmin Le Bon by Guy Marineau via Vogue in the Alaïa SS1991 "Tati" show, look 41 Picture n° 8 -> Kristen McMenamy by Guy Marineau via Vogue in the Alaïa SS1991 "Tati" show, look 46 Picture n° 9 -> Christy Turlington by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Italia, May 1991 Picture n° 10 -> supermodel Iman and singer David Bowie strolling in a Parisian park, 1991

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  • Designer
  • Brand
  • Dimensions
    Diameter: 21.26 in. (54.01 cm)
  • Place of Origin
    Italy
  • Period
  • Condition
    Although the cap has never been worn and kept for more than 20 years in a drawer, a little part of the left edge is slightly lighter than on the right (see picture 14).
  • Seller Location
    Geneva, CH
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 1DJD07031stDibs: LU56011872672

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    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 7-16 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Geneva, Switzerland
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About the Designer

Azzedine Alaïa

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.”Find a collection of Azzedine Alaïa day dresses, suits, jackets and more on 1stDibs.
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