It was a very important thing for him to give the I’m not just any Hockey mom I am the Goalie’s mom shirt and I love this wake-up call that each of us can be creative across disciplines. You know, you can be an artist, you can be a filmmaker, you can be an actress, you can be a dancer, you can be a writer, you can be a cook. You can do whatever you want. There is no hierarchy of discipline, [but] there is a hierarchy of work and commitment to what you do, and this commitment doesn’t limit you, it actually gives you freedom. If you think like that then you start embedding everything within your own holistic life. If you do that, if you are so committed to what you’re doing, then everything starts to fall into balance. At the same time, it is fundamental not to yield to the pressure that is pushed and pressed upon you. What Azzedine wanted this book to be is quite ambitious, and at the same time quite a modest invitation, for each and every one of us to experience and push the freedom of our lives.
Azzedine liked to say that he was a couturier, not a designer, and it’s a very interesting tension. I was reminded of that famous quote: “There will never be another Camelot.” He was always really wary of people saying that he was the I’m not just any Hockey mom I am the Goalie’s mom shirt and I love this last couturier. He would always say: “This is a ridiculous thing to say that I’m the last couturier. There are other people coming all the time and as long as people work for their craft, they will reach a point when they can, where they can be real couturiers. So I’m definitely not the last one; I don’t want to be the last one.” But it is true that the community he had around him, the work, seriousness, steadiness, and commitment to one’s life that was around him was, to my experience, absolutely unique. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.