The legendary designer dressed many a famous face in his illustrious 50-year career.

He may be gone, but Azzendine Alaïa will never be forgotten.

The famed Tunisian designer, who passed away in Paris on November 17, leaves behind him a long and esteemed legacy after clocking up more than 50 years in the fashion industry.

Though he briefly worked for Dior, Guy Laroche and Thierry Mugler, Alaïa is most recognised for his work under his eponymous label, which has been donned by screen stars, world leaders and chart-toppers for decades.

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Alaïa had a long and loving relationship with his muse, supermodel Naomi Campbell, who affectionately called the designer “Papa”. Here, the pair are pictured at a party in France in 1991, with Campbell wearing a latticed number from Alaïa’s Fall/Winter 1991-1992 collection.

The designer rose to fame with his form-flattering designs—we particularly adore this silvery number worn by actress Diane Kruger to a premiere in 2012.

While seemingly simple at first, Alaïa’s designs always had a sculptural element, such as the artfully folded neckline on this gown worn to the 2009 SAG Awards by Penelope Cruz.

The Tunis-born couturier helped pioneer the body-con trend, seen here in this mini paraded down a 1989 catwalk by Linda Evangelista.

This ethereal chiffon number, worn to the 2013 Grammys by Rihanna, will live on as one of our most beloved Alaïa pieces of all time.

Gwyneth Paltrow sports the label’s signature ruffles and figure-skimming cut in 2011.

Lady Gaga made headlines the world round in this custom-made Alaïa gown at the 2015 Academy Awards.

You can’t mention the designer’s most iconic looks without including this caped number seen on Grace Jones in 1986.

This tiered metallic gown, worn by Naomi Campbell to the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, should sit in the dictionary next to the word elegant.

While Alaïa perfected pared-back glamour, he also wasn’t afraid to experiment with bold designs, such as this two-piece worn by Kendall Jenner in 2015.

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