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Costume Institute Ball omits Azzedine Alaia

By FashionUnited

6 May 2009

New York's annual Costume Institute Ball this week saw the movers and shakers of the fashion industry attend the "Model as Muse" themed event. Dominating the headlines this week were not the glitterati who attended, but rather those who were absent.

Naomi Cambell, a great supporter of the Met gala, boycotted the Costume Institute Ball due to the exhibition's omission of French design icon Azzedine Alaia. "Naomi Campbell has been the muse of Azzedine Alaia for 23 years and continues to be his muse," a spokesman from Outside Organisation, who represent Campbell, revealed. "Naomi, having supported this gala event for many years, planned to attend this year and even purchased a table. However, as she did not wish to be disloyal to Alaia, she did not attend."

According to Vogue.com, Alaia was firm in apportioning blame to American Vogue editor Anna Wintour, with whom the designer reportedly has a strained relationship. "She has too much power over this museum," he told The New York Times. The designer also called his friend Marc Jacobs, who was hosting the event, to register his displeasure at the omission.

"He's very upset," Jacobs revealed. "Azzedine is a great friend of mine. I admire him so much... He's had a huge influence on the way women are shaped, the way women look. I do think he's one of the greatest influences. I'm really sad that he's not part of this exhibition."

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