Azzedine Alaïa worked at the couture houses of Christian Dior, Thierry Mugler and Guy Laroche before opening his own atelier in Paris in the late 1970s. By the 1980s he was known as the King of Cling and his infamously stretchy pieces kicked off the Lycra revolution of the Eighties. Extremely sexy and body conscious, Alaïa's pieces are made from leather, lace, silk jersey and, of course, Lycra and his collections defined the "dress to kill" era.