Naomi Campbell and Veronica Webb were among those leading the tributes to the late Tunisian designer.

He would have turned 78 on February 26.

So, to mark the occasion, the A-list congregated on social media to celebrate the life and work of the late Azzedine Alaïa, who passed away late last year.

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The Tunisian-born designer died in Paris on November 18, leaving behind a 35-year legacy of crafting visionary pieces.


The legendary couturier was noted for his architecturally sculpted and form-flattering gowns, with his clients including screen siren Greta Garbo, Michelle Obama, Grace Jones and Madonna.

To mark Alaïa’s birthday, tributes poured in from his nearest and dearest, including supermodel Naomi Campbell.

“Happy birthday papa,” wrote the style icon, who affectionately called the esteemed designer father for years. “I love you.”

Campbell was joined in her sentiment by stars including photographer Gilles Bensimon, actress and model Rossy de Palma, and model and actress Veronica Webb.

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The latter shared a touching message to the late designer, revealing she is “forever blessed, and forever changed for the better for having our friendship”.

“You are loved and missed always,” Webb wrote.

French-Algerian model Farida Khelfa also shared an image of herself with Alaïa, wishing the “master” couturier a happy birthday.

❤️❤️❤️ Happy Birthday Master!!

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The designer, who moved to France in 1957 to begin his fashion career, started out working for Christian Dior, Guy Laroche and Thierry Mugler before launching his eponymous line in the late 1970s.

Alaïa’s first ready-to-wear collection, which made its debut in 1980, helped sky-rocket the designer to fame, with his star rising throughout the ’80s.

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“I like women,” he said in a rare interview in 2013, according to The Guardian. “I never think about doing new things, about being creative, but about making clothing that will make women beautiful.”

The fashion world may have lost an icon, but Alaïa’s legacy will truly live on in his designs.

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