Azzedine Alaia Quotes

 

I am very curious. Every day, I say: ‘What am I going to learn today, and whom am I going to meet?’

 

I put myself on the same level as everyone else around me – from the directrice to the workman, everyone. Except my pets – they are the Kings; you must treat them like royalty.

— Azzedine Alaia

My father could be very strict, but very fair. His father was the same. We all respected my grandfather; he was the head of the clan. Every morning, we all had to say good morning and kiss his hand. But not me. I jumped on his lap and bit him.

— Azzedine Alaia

Karl Lagerfeld never touched a pair of scissors in his life.

— Azzedine Alaia

I would rather die than see my face in a car advertisement.

— Azzedine Alaia

Bill Cunningham… he knows fashion better than anybody.

— Azzedine Alaia

I work for women. I only think for them. If I didn’t like women, I wouldn’t do this job.

— Azzedine Alaia

Anna Wintour doesn’t deal with pictures; she is just doing PR and business, and she scares everybody.

— Azzedine Alaia

‘Vogue’ remains while its fashion editors come and go.

— Azzedine Alaia

The foundation of beauty is the body.

— Azzedine Alaia

The danger is we’re losing sight of what women really want to wear.

— Azzedine Alaia

I am very curious. Every day, I say: ‘What am I going to learn today, and whom am I going to meet?’

— Azzedine Alaia

Beyonce is a beautiful, elegant woman who is also a wonderful dancer. And her voice is sublime. Just like her husband, Jay-Z, Beyonce has real talent. They are both the kind of truly great artist who will be remembered by history. Their child will be lucky to have such talented parents.

— Azzedine Alaia

When I was growing up, I never heard the word ‘racism.’ It was only in Paris I encountered that.

— Azzedine Alaia

I think women should be seductive, not triste. There’s enough sadness in life now without making women look sad, too.

— Azzedine Alaia

I take it to heart that, for example, there aren’t enough funds for AIDS research, but people pay 20 times the value of an item of clothing.

— Azzedine Alaia

I make clothes; women make fashion.

— Azzedine Alaia

I never followed fashion. It’s women who have dictated my conduct.

— Azzedine Alaia

If I don’t have a model in front of me, I don’t have an idea.

— Azzedine Alaia

I have total confidence in Beaute Prestige International to accompany me in creating a perfume that interprets my work and my world.

— Azzedine Alaia

I used to spend my nights oversewing dresses for a local dressmaker in order to pay for my school equipment.

— Azzedine Alaia

I love American girls. They’re audacious. They put more outrageous things on their bodies than anybody.

— Azzedine Alaia

I prefer to stay poor.

— Azzedine Alaia

I want to speak directly with a star, not her stylist.

— Azzedine Alaia

I am never sure that anything’s good enough. Something that is good today will not be good tomorrow.

— Azzedine Alaia

The present fashion system is too hard – there are too many collections. The designers have no time to think! Money is too important. Schedules are too crazy.

— Azzedine Alaia

Ballet costumes are easier that opera because they are designed for movement.

— Azzedine Alaia

I even do my ready-to-wear samples like couture.

— Azzedine Alaia

Who can really say who invents something first in fashion?

— Azzedine Alaia

I had used the stretch materials for years to shape the inside of garments I made for private clients. Then I just started using them on their own.

— Azzedine Alaia

There is a sensuality about fabric. I think all materials should be inviting when they touch the skin. When I watch children stroking their mother’s clothes, I feel that I have succeeded.

— Azzedine Alaia

A human being is not a machine. Especially when it comes to creating.

— Azzedine Alaia

Even if I was in prison, I could be free in my head. I can adapt easily.

— Azzedine Alaia

I’ve been wearing Chinese clothes since I was 14. I can’t wear a suit. I’m small, and when I put on a suit, it’s not possible.

— Azzedine Alaia

Fashion will last forever. It will exist always. It will exist in its own way in each era.

— Azzedine Alaia

My obsession is to make women beautiful. When you create with that in mind, things can’t go out of fashion.

— Azzedine Alaia

I want to create a foundation, like a maison, in my home in the Marais. I am going to leave everything there. I am only passing through. I’m not a proprietor of anything, even if I have homes and things.

— Azzedine Alaia

I’m always telling young designers to take the time to surround themselves with women.

— Azzedine Alaia

It’s important to make women feel confident, because I think they are more important than men.

— Azzedine Alaia

Women must know themselves better than anyone. If you have ugly legs, wear long dresses. If you have long, great legs, show them.

— Azzedine Alaia

As a child, I was raised with my grandmother, alongside all my cousins, and the kitchen was always full.

— Azzedine Alaia

I don’t wear perfume, and I don’t like the air to be too saturated with scents.

— Azzedine Alaia

If you’re sad about what you see in the mirror when you wake up every morning, you must change it.

— Azzedine Alaia

Who will remember Anna Wintour in the history of fashion? No one.

— Azzedine Alaia

As I said many times, the fashion world, its system, can be disturbing.

— Azzedine Alaia

When you have one idea per year, it’s already a miracle!

— Azzedine Alaia

I’m working 24 hours a day. I have had a house in Tunisia for 20 years, and I never have time to go because there are collections, fittings.

— Azzedine Alaia

There was a woman in Tunisia called Madame Pinot. She was a midwife and had helped in the birth of my siblings and me. I assisted her. I helped women give birth to a lot of babies when I was very young.

— Azzedine Alaia

I learned French in Tunis, along with Arabic. I also learned French history. I knew the entire history of the kings of France. And I was fascinated by Versailles.

— Azzedine Alaia

I love film – it’s like painting.

— Azzedine Alaia

I’m happier about my friends than I am about my work. I still have a long way to go with work. My friends, that’s the one thing I’m sure about.

— Azzedine Alaia

In modelling, it’s very hard to keep in touch with the people you knew when you started.

— Azzedine Alaia

A woman is like an actress: she’s always onstage.

— Azzedine Alaia

In an ordinary suit and tie, I’d look like a little macho. I’d be ridiculous.

— Azzedine Alaia

I like black, because for me it is a very happy color.

— Azzedine Alaia

As for success, I don’t care for it. It is a fragile thing.

— Azzedine Alaia

You know Sarkozy offered me the Legion d’honneur medal? I refused. People said I refused because I don’t like Sarkozy, but that’s ridiculous. I refused because I don’t like decorations – except on women.

— Azzedine Alaia

I am always in doubt; I am never sure of myself.

— Azzedine Alaia

You have to take things with a lot of laughter. I laugh with everyone; this way, I will be able to die happy.

— Azzedine Alaia

I have been offered the highest paid contracts in the world. I refused them all. It’s not my thing. I don’t want to cheat people.

— Azzedine Alaia

There are certain people I am allergic to. I even intervene when I don’t like a customer; I rush in and check all the names. If I don’t like them, I don’t take them.

— Azzedine Alaia

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