1. "I have been offered the highest paid contracts in the world. I refused them all. It's not my thing. I don't want to cheat people. And there are certain people I am allergic to. I even intervene when I don't like a customer; I rush in and check all the names. If I don't like them, I don't take them."
2. "I said it before. She [Anna Wintour] runs the business (Vogue) very well, but not the fashion part. When I see how she is dressed, I don't believe in her tastes one second. I can say it loudly! She hasn't photographed my work in years even if I am a best seller in the U.S. and I have 140 square meters at Barneys. American women love me; I don't need her support at all. Anna Wintour doesn't deal with pictures; she is just doing PR and business, and she scares everybody. But when she sees me, she is the scared one. [Laughs.] Other people think like me, but don't say it because they are afraid that Vogue won't photograph them. Anyway, who will remember Anna Wintour in the history of fashion? No one. Take Diana Vreeland, she is remembered because she was so chic. What she did with the magazine was great, with Avedon and all the great photographers. Vogue remains while its fashion editors come and go."
3. "Even when you tell me I'm an influential designer - I don't see myself like that. So I don't like decorations. You know Sarkozy offered me the Légion d'honneur medal? I refused. People said I refused because I don't like Sarkozy, but that's ridiculous. I refused because I don't like decorations - except on women. My dress on a woman - that's a beautiful decoration."
4. "I don't like his [Karl Lagerfeld's] fashion, his spirit, his attitude. It's too much caricature. Karl Lagerfeld never touched a pair of scissors in his life. That doesn't mean that he's not great, but he's part of another system. He has capacity. One day he does photography, the next he does advertisements for Coca-Cola. I would rather die than see my face in a car advertisement. We don't do the same work. And I think that he is not doing a favor to young stylists who might think it works that way. They're going to fall before they retire."
5. Stephanie Seymour Brandt: "People often talk about how you work. You live by your own schedule. You make a collection when you're ready to make a collection and show when you're ready to show. It seems like you wait until you are completely and thoroughly inspired to do a collection. You are much more like an artist in that you don't even think in seasons. Why is this?" Azzedine Alaïa: "I don't create a story. It's in the materials."
Take a peek in our gallery below for a beautiful editorial shot by photographer Craig McDean for Interview Magazine of Gisele Bündchen modeling Alaïa's designs.