Fashion and entertainment celebrities from around the world are mourning the death of Tunisian-born designer Azzedine Alaia (AZ'-uh-deen uh-LY'-uh).
Fashion designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham said on Twitter that it was a sad day and called Alaia "a true master" and one of her biggest inspirations.
Singer Rihanna posted an online photo of her and the famed designer, saying "you will live on forever."
Indian actress Sonam Kapoor said she was "deeply saddened" by the news and thanked Alaia for "always empowering women and embracing diversity."
Alaia was known as a fashion iconoclast whose clingy styles helped define the 1980s and who dressed famous women from Hollywood to the White House.
The French Haute Couture Federation announced Alaia's death Saturday without providing details. He was 77.
Tunisian-born designer Azzedine Alaia, an iconoclast whose clingy dresses marked the 1980s and who dressed famous women from Hollywood to the White House, has died at age 77.
The French Haute Couture Federation announced Alaia's death on Saturday without providing details. Twitter tributes to his influence on fashion poured in from around the world.
Secretive and known as a fashion rebel, Alaia was based in Paris for decades but did not take part in the French capital's seasonal fashion frenzy or flashy ad campaigns. Instead, he showed privately on his own schedule.
Alaia sometimes was dubbed the "king of cling" for the formfitting designs he first popularized during the 1980s and updated over the decades.
Naomi Campbell was a favored model, and Michelle Obama wore his designs as first lady.
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