Famed fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa has died at 82. His close friend Carla Sozzani confirmed the news to WWD, saying that the Tunisian-born designer died in Paris; the news broke on November 18. The cause of death was a heart attack, the New York Times reported.

Alaïa was dubbed the "King of Cling" after his body-con fashions and use of proportion; having studied sculpture in Tunis, he had an extraordinary eye for shape and fit. And, yes, he was the designer of the dress Cher wears to the Valley party in Clueless ("This is an Alaïa").

He launched his first ready-to-wear collection in the early eighties and helped define the decade's style. He was best known for meticulous tailoring and flattering, form-fitting designs, especially dresses and knits. For his own personal style, he stuck with a uniform of black Chinese pajamas.

After years of operating on his own schedule (and eschewing the couture shows since 2011), he returned this past summer to the couture runway, showing his Alaïa Fall 2017 collection on July 5. As we wrote then, "Alaïa’s penchant for doing things his own way has earned him legions of fans and a cadre of loyal supermodels: In addition to [Naomi] Campbell, he also counts Grace Jones, Natalia Vodianova, Stephanie Seymour, and even younger stars like Kendall Jenner and Joan Smalls among his admirers. Michelle Obama, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga have all worn his pieces. At his last couture show in 2011, the packed front row featured the likes of Kanye West, Sofia Coppola, and fellow designer Donatella Versace." He counted many top models among his muses.

Celebrities and fashion industry figures took to social media this morning to mourn Alaïa and post pictures of his best work, including Rihanna, who Instagrammed a picture of herself and the iconic designer sharing an intimate moment at a dinner, with the caption, "my dear ALAIA.... you will live on forever. rip."

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my dear ALAIA.... you will live on forever. rip.

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You were and will always be to me, the King. My idol, the golden standard, the greatest that will have ever been. One of the greatest gifts I was given in this lifetime was the gift of knowing you. You treated me with love and kindness. Every time I stepped foot in your area code, you welcomed me in, you welcomed my parents in, you welcomed my friends in. And now all we have are the memories, the memories that will last me a lifetime and give me the strength to continue, to continue to try and live my life with even one percent of the truth, conviction, and dedication with which you lived yours. To watch you run your hands over a woman's body and fit her, to watch her face light up in your presence, was nothing short of magic. And that magical spark landed on everyone in your orbit. I'll never forget the first time I had a fashion show, coming to your house and plugging my little USB in to your TV in the kitchen and showing you the video with such nervousness and feeling a feeling of thankfulness I've never felt, just to even be sitting across from you. Showing you my tiny collection that looked like a junior high art project next to your Picasso was daunting, but you smiled, and patted me on the back and kept watching enthusiastically. And that was the thing about you, your life was not about who's who and what's what, you lived a life with feeling, with emotion, with passion. You never played by the rules of the system, you wrote your own and you lived with dignity and pride. You woke up each day surrounded by your work, and ended each night surrounded by your friends, you lived a life with purpose. You were the rare star, a gift given to us from up above, a constant reminder that being a fashion designer is not about seeing and being seen, about being popular or not, but about helping those who wear it to feel their best, to feel empowered, to become strong. Women feel it in every stitch of your clothes, and we all felt it in your presence. Since I've started as a designer, I've often been asked the question, who do you look up to the most? The answer will forever be, Azzedine Alaia. I love you, may you forever rest in the peace you deserve. 🖤

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😢 RIP Azzedine 💋💋💋

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He will always exist .

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