Late 1980s Early 1990s Azzedine Alaia Oversized Knit Cardigan Sweater w Pockets & X-long Sleeves
Azzedine Alaia pieces are always a delight to find. His knits were all self developed and are among the best out there. He started his career as a dressmakers assistant and copied couture gown for wealthy Tunisian clients. In 1957 he moved to Paris and worked for Christian Dior for a grand total of five days. He then moved to Guy Laroche and quietly started to get private commissions on the side. By 1960 he was doing mainly private work and within a few years established a small salon on the Left Bank where he continued designing privately. He stayed at that salon until 1984. During this time period he also did private freelance work for other designers including Claude Montana, Thierry Mugler and even Yves Saint Laurent. It was not until 1981 that he launched his first official collection and by 1983 he had a boutique in Beverley Hills. The French Ministry of Culture honored him with the Designer of the Year award in 1985. In 1993 he decided that the established fashion show schedule was not for him and he eschewed producing a new collection every season. Instead he showed when his collections were ready and continued to do so until his death in 2017.
This is an exceptionally beautiful example of his work and it is made to be oversized and easy to wear with an almost lounging robe feel to it in its cut. It is a piece that you can wear open and layered over other things or wrap and belt it to have to feel more like a coat or even wear it on its own. It is made out of a mixed knit that is worked to form the easy organic lines that you see. Everything about it is meant to convey ease and luxury. It has no closures and just slips on. The shoulders slope down and into those fabulously wide cut, extra, extra long sleeves that end with a ribbed cuff. You can push them up, wear them long or roll them. The body of the cardigan is loose and generously cut. I love the two big soft pockets that sit at the front of each hip. Slits up each side and the collar has a wide shawl feel to it. It is gorgeous and once on, you won't want to take it off. Excellent condition.
Unlined with no closures. Tagged a size SML but the loose and easy for will work on a large range of sizes. The smaller you are the more it will feel oversized.
Sleeves: 27" from he dropped shoulders
Dropped shoulders: 26"
Bust- hips: 26" flat across from side to side
Length: 36" from neck to hem and hangs a bit longer once on the body
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-LRG
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