One of the greatest courtiers and designers Azzedine Ala‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤a died of heart failure last month and left the fashion world in sorrow. But for his Maison Ala‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤a, the show must go on. The fashion house announced that it will continue to create despite the death of its founder. As an addition to that Maison Ala‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤a announced a series of exhibitions that will celebrate Azzedine’s work.
It’s still unclear who will be in the design team and who will get in the role of a creative director for the fashion house. The current studio director is Caroline Fabre Bazin. Maison Ala‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤a also has Azzedine Ala‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤a first assistant, the Japan-born Hideki Seo. He was working for the late designer, but we have yet to find out if he will replace him now. Maison Ala‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤a announced that their next project is the ready-to-wear and accessories collections that will see the light of the day in January and March. So, we are just a month away from seeing who will design for the Paris-based fashion house from now on.
Besides collections, Maison Ala‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤a announced a few exhibitions devoted to Azzedine Ala‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤a’s fashion legacy. The first exhibition will take place during Paris couture week in January. Olivier Saillard appears as the curator of the exhibition. The same curator was behind Ala‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤a’s retrospective for the reopening of Paris’ Musée Galliera in 2013. The new spectacle will be held at the Galerie Ala‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤a, in the Marais district, on Rue de la Verrerie.
The Ala‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤a retrospective in London will be followed up with the opening of the Compagnie Financi‚Äö√†√∂¬¨√Üre Richemont-owned brand’s first London flagship, on the infamous New Bond Street. Azzedine Ala‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤a himself and Mark Wilson, chief curator of the Groninger Museum helped to put together this show. The exhibition will happen in May at the London’s Design Museum.
Azzedine Ala‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤a’s work will undoubtedly continue to live through series of events as well as the Azzedine Ala‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤a Association. The foundation was born in 2007 with Azzedine Ala‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤a, his life partner the painter Christophe von Weyhe and the gallerist and editor Carla Sozzani behind it. The Azzedine Ala‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤a Association will now turn into Azzedine Ala‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤a Foundation with a mission to preserve and celebrate his works gathered across 50 years at the Rue de Moussy headquarters, the home and office of the brilliant Azzedine Ala‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤a. The foundation will also offer a library full of fashion and culture-related materials that will be available to researchers.
It seems that Maison Ala‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤a won’t abandon the world of fashion anytime soon. The fashion house even announced that will be sponsoring scholarships for young talents.