Azzedine Alaia is one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. Luckily for those who are less familiar with the work that has launched a thousand copies, they will soon be able to visit an Alaia foundation to educate people on this fantastic oeuvre.

According to the International Herald Tribune, the Foundation will be funded by Compagnie Financiere Richemont, a French luxury group. The move should be seen more as an investment in the legendary designer than a buyout of his share in his company.

Alaia has amassed over 15,000 samples and patterns from his more than three decades of work, which will be housed in the Foundation.

The diminutive, smiling man is known for construction and sexiness in his architectural clothes but is also known for creating a cocoon of warmth and hominess for the supermodels who walked his runways and were also housed by the Moroccan native.

The IHT reports that Alaia’s foundation will be housed in the building next to his headquarters in Paris’ perennially trendy Marais district.

When I visited the headquarters last spring, Alaia was fitting a full skirt on a toothpick-thin model, who looked like she could have used a bowl of the Moroccan stew which the designer himself cooked up for us.

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