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“A planet in her own orbit”. These were the words chosen by architect Rem Koolhas to describe his student at the time, Zaha Hadid, then a graduate of the Architectural Association School of Architecture. The Iraqi-British architect's early career took a few years to take off due to her completely different approach to design from that of the time. Today, many of her achievements are amongst the most significant modern architectural landscape of the 21st century. Just think of the London Aquatic Center for the 2012 Olympics, the MAXXI Museum in Rome, or even the Guangzhou Opera House in China. Zaha Hadid has fought her entire career to be seen as an architect, not as a woman architect or an Arab architect. "As a woman in architecture you’re always an outsider. It's OK, I like being on the edge,” she said in 2015 to the Financial Times. She was nonetheless the first woman to win the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. Her style, sometimes difficult to describe, starts from a simple premise: avoiding 90-degree angles. “As a woman, I'm expected to want everything to be nice and to be nice myself. A very English thing. I don't design nice buildings - I don't like them. I like architecture to have some raw, vital, earthy quality, ”she told The Guardian in 2006. Crowned with the title of Lady by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 for what she brought to modern architecture, Zaha Hadid was also honored with the Royal Gold Medal (the first and the only woman to have obtained it) from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2016, a month before her death. She has brought immensely to the world of architecture with the ensemble of her work, but also strongly participated in the realization of the importance of women in an industry dominated by men.


The Maison team was fond of imagining in which Marie Saint Pierre garment the architect Zaha Hadid would have shone through if we would have had the honor to dress her. The perfect match is a velvet vest with architectural curves and structure from the Fall 2020 collection.

Photo montage of Zaha Hadid, dressed in a structured velvet jacket, from the Fall 2020 collection.