Taking Time: Conversations Across a Creative Community

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Taking Time is Azzedine Alaïa’s love letter to a slower life. At times a philosophical text about the nature of modern living and at other times a buoyant collection of interview soundbites, Taking Time spins a tale of an infinitely curious man digging into the way people live their lives. In 2014, Alaïa began holding salons to bring friends he knew and creatives he admired together to exchange impressions on how they impacted and interacted with time. As the thoughtful moderator of these salons, Alaïa bolstered these voices, creating a unique and cross-generational discussion about something that few dedicated effort to dissecting: time.

Azzedine Alaïa lived his life with a creative and thoughtful use of time. As a couturier, Alaïa resisted the path of speed: ever-increasing efficiency or mass profits. What interested him more was quality and true creative expression. Toward the end of his life, he saw the value in curating such expression in a new way, in discussions between contemporaries about methodical living, their pasts, and how they create in such a world that devalues a slow and thoughtful pace. Though Azzedine Alaia passed away a mere three years after these conversational experiments began, the conversations he created in this book will, much like his intricate and one-of-a-kind clothing pieces, continue his lasting legacy to a deliberate way of living.


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Author Azzedine Alaïa
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 192 pages
Publisher Rizzoli Ex Libris
Publish Date 2020-03-31
ISBN 9780847861552
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Issue April 2020
Category Art, Architecture & Photography
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