Azzedine Alaïa, world renowned fashion designer didn't have the opportunity to showcase his latest designs at this year's Costume Institute Gala at the Met. Weird thing is, seven different models all asked the craftsman to create dresses for them, including the beautiful, cell phone-throwing Naomi Campbell. Campbell has been one of Alaïa's top muses for 20-plus years, has even lived with him once upon a time and refers to the designer as "Papa" (weird?). At an event where the theme was "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion," it seems this would have been the perfect, opportune time for an Alaïa/Campbell duo, no?
In protest of Alaïa's exclusion from the Gala, Campbell decided to excuse herself from attending. Alaïa also asked the other six models not to wear his designs since he was not invited. Why wasn't he on the guest list? According to the designer himself, it's Anna Wintour's fault, claiming "She has too much power over the museum." It's Anna Wintour for god sake! Of course she has too much power. Doesn't she practically own the world? However, exhibit curator Harold Koda claims Wintour had nothing to do with the picking of designers. He figured Alaïa wouldn't want to be involved… or maybe he just forgot to invite him?
Not sure what to make of all the he said-she said, but I guess best thing to do is laugh it off. Like I do whenever I hear Azzedine Alaïa's name, all thanks to a little movie called Clueless.
"You don't understand; this is an Alaïa!", exclaimed Cher when mugged at gunpoint and forced to ruin her frock.
"It's, like, a totally important designer!"
"And I will, like, totally shoot you in the head!"
Sigh… It seems the drama from the fashion world is never ending.
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According to today's WWD, Koda explains he had actually made a subtle attempt to get Alaïa's designs into the Costume Institute exhibit. By "subtle," I mean barely an attempt at all. Not only was Alaïa not invited to attend the event's opening, but he apparently was never informed about the "Model as Muse" theme. Other supermodels that did not attend in Alaïa's honor include Linda Evangelista and Stephanie Seymour.
It seems that having several supermodels using Alaïa's dresses was an idea that sparked early on during the show's conception. From there, Koda was to approach the designer with his Gala suggestion. (And this is where it gets a little sketchy…) Well, instead of formally speaking with Alaïa, Koda instead sent a mutual friend to do the job, who happened to be having dinner with Alaïa the following night. According to the so-called "friend," the designer was uncomfortable with Koda's exhibit idea and turned it down. "…so we never pursued approaching the supermodels for their dresses," says head curator Koda. He continues to profess, "Nobody is to blame."
But of course, Mr. Azzedine Alaïa is sticking with this decision of staying angry with Vogue's Editor-in-Chief, Ana Wintour. Even after Koda fessed up? Maybe Alaïa and Koda should nip the fashion drama in the butt and brawl it out privately.
Source: NY Mag, WWD
Photos: NY Mag, Google