Alaïa and Wintour had a falling out years ago which has since turned nasty in the press. Last year, when he was omitted from the “Model as Muse” exhibit at the Met’s Costume Institute, he told WWD that Wintour “behaves like a dictator and everyone is terrified of her,” and that she had snubbed his work for the past 15 years. But not in 1988! They’re totes best buds in this issue.
But what’s more surprising in this story (in addition to Jesse Jackson’s presence on the page) is a pull quote from Alaïa: “There is no elite class of women with perfect bodies; in fact, I showed my clothes on a seven-month-pregnant woman. It’s a question of proportion.” So here we were thinking pregnant models are the new hotness, what with Miranda Kerr posing pregnant and nude all over the place and Adrianna Lima being approached to walk the runway preggers only to be turned down for the gig because she wasn’t showing enough, but Alaïa was doing it over 20 years ago.