Jean-Paul Goude and Azzedine Aalia: Unmatched

portrait by Philippe Baummann

One of the most brilliant and iconic image-makers of the 20th century, Jean-Paul Goude combined an extraordinary creative director's eye with his talent for photography, illustration, graphic design and editorial thinking to create shocking and spectacular conceptual commercial and noncommercial art, the likes of which have never been equaled.

Personal OGs: Azzedine Alaia, Muhammad Ali, Pedro Almodovar, Richard Avedon, Toni Basil, Pina Bausch, Chris Blackwell, Guy Bourdin, David Byrne, Neke Carson, Robert Crumb, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rei Kawakubo, George Lois, Frank McCourt, Issey Miyake, Claes Oldenburg, Irving Penn, Julian Schnabel, Philip Treacy, Tim Walker.

Some have said, "Only God knows a woman's body better than Azzedine Alaia," the fiercely independent couturier. This Tunisian born, France-based cult hero is not only a brilliant designer but an outsider who has not participated in Fashion Week since 1992, has publicly criticized Anna Wintour and is outspoken about the destructive pressure the fashion system puts on talented designers.

Personal OGs:
"Bill Cunningham is an OG... he knows fashion better than anybody."

On his career: "As for success, I don't care for it. It is a fragile thing."


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