PARIS — Regardless of his finest efforts, designer Azzedine Alaïa by no means managed to maintain his private assortment of couture clothes an entire secret.
“Every time he went to a fashion auction, he used to say he was going to the physiotherapist,” stated Carla Sozzani, Alaïa’s shut good friend and cofounder of the Affiliation Azzedine Alaïa, talking at an occasion on the maison’s headquarters in Paris on Thursday.
“We would say to him, ‘But you already went yesterday,’” she continued. “And then he’d come back laden with huge plastic parcels that he would hide under his desk. Just last month, we discovered some of those parcels: They contained rare Vionnet and Balenciaga pieces.”
The extent of Alaïa’s private couture assortment was found following the designer’s passing in November 2017, and was considerably overwhelming.
Greater than 10,000 clothes, starting from classic Vionnet, Charles James, Schiaparelli, Jean Patou and round 200 Balenciaga objects, to extra up to date items like Martin Margiela and Comme des Garçons, lie within the trend home’s archives within the Marais, left with none instructions from the collector himself.
“I knew Alaïa was collecting, as I often saw him in the auction rooms and he always snagged the best pieces,” Olivier Saillard, trend historian and director of
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