Master of Sensuality, Colors and Flamboyance: Designer Emanuel Ungaro Dies | World Fashion Channel

Master of Sensuality, Colors and Flamboyance: Designer Emanuel Ungaro Dies

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23 Dec 2019

At the age of 86, the great couturier Emanuel Ungaro passed away. Expression of color, playful shuttlecocks, architectural cut (he learned his trade under the tutelage of the great Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga) - these are the key accents of his collections. Ungaro praised femininity, sometimes in hypertrophied forms, but he believed that “One should not wear a dress, one should live in it.”.

Ungaro’s golden age was in the 70-80s. "His Woman" wore bright colors and prints – flower ornaments, polka dot, leopard print. He became popular for his use of bright colour and mixed prints, he created clothes that had a sensuous old-school glamour. At the beginning of his careers, fashion critics often condemned the designer for excessive diversity. Nevertheless, the main style icons of his time - Jacqueline Kennedy and Catherine Deneuve – liked and chose his outfits.

He was one of the first who decided to build the entire empire, that has extended into perfumes, shoes, furniture, candles and glasses. In 2001, the designer invited Jambattista Valley to take the position of creative director of the brand, however, Ungaro kept creating collections. Maestro retired in 2005 at the age of 72, selling the brand to Silicon Valley businessman Asim Abdullah. After the sale of the brand, his fame began to decline. Even cooperation with Lindsay Lohan, who was appointed artistic director of the company, didn’t help. Ungaro himself publicly criticized the Hollywood actress’s collection. By the way, from time to time, this position was occupied by Giles Deacon, Peter Dundas, Fausto Puglisi and others. Now the brand’s creative director is Marco Colagrossi, former Giorgio Armani and Dolce&Gabbana designer.

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