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AZZEDINE ALAÏA: YOUR 2-MINUTE-NEED-TO-KNOW

Last night during the US' State of the Union address, we (along with everyone on Twitter) were wowed by Michelle Obama's latest look: a forest green Azzedine Alaïa outfit featuring a dress, belt, and chic cropped jacket. Chances are, you've heard of Alaïa before—but how much do you really know? The scoop on the iconic designer below!

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ALAÏA'S SIGNATURE IS TEXTURE AND FIT

Just like MObama's dress, Alaïa's creations are all about texture. From stretchy knits to leathers, his trademark pieces are known for their flawless fit. Proof? Naomi Campbell once said, "No other dress can make a woman look and feel as good as an Alaïa dress because it cinches a woman’s body perfectly."

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HE'S A TRUE BADASS

What separates him from other top designers? Well, he does his own thing. Instead of showing at Paris Fashion Week, he presents his collection to a small group—whenever he feels like it. Now that's a badass couturier. Oh, and BTW, how now is this look from one of his shows back in the '90s?

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HE HAS A SERIOUS CELEB FOLLOWING

His designs are super exclusive—so natch, style stars like Miley, Madonna and Gaga are fans. Warning: if you wear one of his creations on the red carpet, you're definitely gonna steal the show. Case in point: RiRi at the 2013 Grammys. 

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HE DOES EVERYTHING HIMSELF

He fell in love with fashion as a young boy in Tunisia and then perfected his craft in the '60s working for Dior and Thierry Mugler before launching his own line. The key to his success? Doing everything himself. He still sews every single sample, which is why every piece is a total win. 

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MANY OF US DISCOVERED HIM THROUGH "CLUELESS"

OK, let's be honest. We probably heard of Alaïa the first time thanks to the infamous mugging scene in Clueless, where Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is asked to lie on the ground in a parking lot. "You don't understand," she pleads. "This is an Alaïa. It's like a totally important designer." Preach, girl! 


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