Azzedine Alaïa Laid to Rest in His Native Tunisia

PARIS — Azzedine Alaïa was laid to rest on Monday in Sidi Bou Said in his native Tunisia, where he had a secondary home, according to France’s ambassador to Tunisia Olivier Poivre d’Arvor.
The ambassador was among the guests at the intimate ceremony, an official at the French embassy in Tunisia said.
“He will be buried at his home in Sidi Bou Said tomorrow in line with his wishes,” Poivre d’Arvor said in a Facebook post on Sunday.
“His disappearance is a huge loss. But immortal as he is, thanks to his work, he will rest in modesty close to us, with a view from the land that saw his birth toward the Mediterranean and the country where he chose to live,” he added.
Alongside the message were images of the diplomat with the designer, his nephew Montassar Alaya and French publicist Claudine Colin in Tunis in July. In a separate post on Saturday, Poivre d’Arvor wrote that they had started discussing a large-scale exhibition at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis.
“Azzedine had said yes. Yes to showing his work, for the first time, to sharing his work with his people, his dear Tunisians. A big exhibition at the Bardo, catwalk shows, conferences…I interpret Azzedine’s agreement

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