Gloves, like shoes and Olsens, by definition come in pairs. But arguably the best-known glove in recent memory never had a mate: Michael Jackson’s sequined, much-celebrated — and not very au courant — single version.
The soft-spoken woman behind that design is Dorothy Gaspar, a third-generation glovemaker from Budapest. In 1985, she set out for Los Angeles with the dream of outfitting stars — at least from the wrist down. Her custom-made designs are worn by Madonna on her Sticky and Sweet Tour and Lady GaGa in her increasingly Buñuelian videos.
Now, after almost 25 years in business catering to the toast of pop celebrity, Gaspar is launching her first line targeting fashion civilians, the kind who consider public pants-wearing a necessity and have never taken up with a 21-year-old named Jésus. If one implies from the timing that she is trying to capitalize on Jackson’s passing, she begs to differ, saying, “I started to work on it about seven or eight months ago, so that was before [his death].” However, she has created a group of gloves called the Moonwalk in tribute to the pop star. “That’s my way of remembering,” she says.
At her presentation, she will showcase about 40 pairs in leather, lace and a sheer fabric called Touch Tech, which is thin enough to allow for iPhone use. The prices start around $50 and go up to $200 for “crazy creations.”
Gaspar still hand-stitches all of her samples in her Los Angeles studio. She has designs for “Iron Man 2,” “The Green Hornet” and the Broadway revival of “Bye Bye Birdie” in the works.
And while her teenage daughter isn’t yet involved in the business, she supports Mom in other ways. “She’s always texting everybody [while] wearing her gloves,” she says. As for whether she’ll be a fourth-generation glove maker, says Gaspar, “I’m hoping. It’s a process.”
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast