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Azzedine Alaïa’s Greatest Red Carpet Hits: From Naomi Campbell to Rihanna

Naomi Campbell

Legendary designer Azzedine Alaïa died on Saturday at 82. He released his first collection in 1980, but his popularity didn’t take off until the close of the decade, when he began cultivating a legion of chic, high-profile fans like Grace Jones and Naomi Campbell. Campbell remained a staunch supporter of the label, walking in numerous Alaïa shows and donning her friend’s designs on red carpets over the past 25 years. As evidenced in his numerous repeat customers (who also include everyone from the world’s top super models like Natalia Vodianova and Stephanie Seymour to pop stars like Rihanna and Lady Gaga), Alaïa fans tended to stick with him — and their red carpet appearances, collected here, were all the better for it.

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Grace Jones with Kenzo and Azzedine Alaïa at a charity event for the fight against AIDS, May 1986. Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images.

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Naomi Campbell with Azzedine Alaïa and Gilles Bensimon at the departure of Jean-Paul Gaultier show in Paris, France, March 1993. Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage.

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Naomi Campbell on the runway at Azzedine Alaïa’s Fall 1991 presentation, June 1991. Photo by Getty Images.

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Naomi Campbell on the runway at Azzedine Alaïa’s Fall 1991 presentation, June 1991. Photo by Getty Images.

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Joan Smalls at the premiere of Youth at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2015. Photo by Getty Images.

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Kendall Jenner at the premiere of Youth at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2015. Photo by Antonia de Moraes Barros/FilmMagic.

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Uma Thurman at the premiere of the Nymphomaniac: Volume II Director’s Cut at the 71st Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, September 2014. Photo by Getty Images.

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Rihanna at the launch of the Clara Lionel Foundation in Paris, France, June 2014. Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage.

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Lady Gaga at the 87th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 2015. Photo by Getty Images.

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In a second Alaïa look of the night, Lady Gaga attends the 87th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 2015. Photo by Getty Images.

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Rihanna at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 2013. Photo by Getty Images.

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Rosamund Pike at the IWC Gala dinner in Geneva, Switzerland, January 2016. Photo by Getty Images.

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NEW YORK – MAY 20: Natalia Vodianova poses during a gala to honor Azzedine Alaia at the Guggenheim Museum May 20, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

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Stephanie Seymour and Azzedine Alaïa at a Guggenheim Museum gala honoring the designer in New York, New York, May 2004. Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images.

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Kate Upton at the 30th annual Night of the Stars by Fashion Group International in New York, New York, October 2013. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images.

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Naomi Campbell at the Azzedine Alaïa retrospective at the Palais Galliera in Paris, France, September 2013. Photo by Marc Piasecki/WireImage.

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Alicia Keys at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 2013. Photo by Getty Images.

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Charlize Theron at the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California, January 2012. Photo by Getty Images.

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Laetitia Casta at the Vogue Spain December issue launch in Madrid, Spain, November 2012. Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez/WireImage.

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Naomi Campbell at The Face series premiere in New York, New York, February 2013. Photo by Getty Images.

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Nicole Kidman at the OMEGA House launch in London, England, July 2012. Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage.

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Miranda Kerr at a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, June 2011. Photo by Getty Images.

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Naomi Campbell at the de Grisogono party at the Cannes Film Festival in Antibes, France, May 2011. Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage.

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Kim Kardashian at The Spin Crowd finale party in New York, New York, October 2010.

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Zoe Saldana at the U.K. premiere of Star Trek in London, England, April 2009. Photo by Getty Images.

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Mary-Kate Olsen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala in New York, New York, May 2007. Photo by Getty Images.