3 years after the death of the maestro Azzedine Alaïa, the Belgian designer Pieter Mulier has taken over at the helm of the legendary fashion house.
A prestigious career
The general public may not necessarily know his name, but Pieter Mulier is well known among fashionistas and other fashion industry insiders. After studying architecture and design, the talented and technically skilled Belgian designer won his fashion spurs alongside Raf Simons, who is now in charge of men’s collections at Prada. Pieter Mulier worked with Simons for over two decades. He first joined the designer’s own brand, then followed him during his prestigious achievements with Jil Sander, at Christian Dior, where he took over from John Galliano, and lastly at Calvin Klein. After working for a long time behind the scenes in the shadow of his mentor, Pieter Mulier finally struck out on his own and took on a role worthy of his talents, becoming the creative director at Alaïa.
A cult brand
Pieter Mulier will be striving to honour the fashion heritage of the prodigy Azzedine Alaïa, famous for his ultra-glamourous dresses resembling works of art. He has already stated that he wants to follow in his predecessor’s footsteps by celebrating feminity in all its forms and by placing women at the heart of his creative process. His first show for Spring-Summer 2022 will be much awaited by fans of the legendary brand. But Pieter Mulier will no doubt continue the tradition developed by Azzedine Alaïa, who refused to conform to the fashion week schedule and insisted on working at his own pace.
“It’s an absolute dream to join this prestigious company, with its magnificent workshops and talented team,” he says. “Azzedine Alaïa was always ahead of his time and open to all the arts and all cultures. His vision is my inspiration, since he always took time to innovate and create something that would last”.