Azzedine Alaia shows how form makes substance

I don’t know why I keep torturing myself by going to fashion exhibitions to see wonderful clothes I could never hope to afford. Okay, I know all these great designs are supposed to filter down into the high street, but when you see the real thing, you realise how special it is.

Savage Beauty

The most incredible fashion-designer show I have ever seen was the outstanding Alexander McQueen exhibition Savage Beauty at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2015. I don’t think that experience can ever be topped, as the sheer quantity of original and stunning creations was overwhelming.

Outsider perspective

So I was thrilled to be thrilled by another fashion show after all these years. Azzedine Alaia, The Couturier, at the Design Museum was a joy to behold – despite my jealous desire to run off with some of the dresses. Jewel colours, little black numbers (of course), sculptural forms that flatter rather than conceal the body. Alaia, claims the exhibition brochure was a couturier who “enjoyed his role as an outsider in the world of fashion.” Hence he had no fear about experimenting with stretch materials, creating body-hugging forms that were completely unique.

Too, too much

Talking of unique, I was also delighted by the 1960s architecture of the Design Museum itself, which puts you in a good mood before you even step foot in the exhibition.

Beholding so much creativity in such a short space of time was quite exhausting. Luckily, I found a chocolate shop nearby to help restore my energy levels.