Connecting Fashion Around The World
As you all know, many great designers from the 1900's have been forgotten. For instance, Halston, Bill Blass, Elsa Schiaparelli, Madeleine Vionnet, and Emanuel Ungaro. So here is a little walk down fashion memory lane.
Halstonwas a designer in the 70's. Best known for his iconic clothing. His sexy elegant dresses became a staple in American discos. Newsweek titled him as "the premier fashion designer of all America."
Bill Blasswas also a designer of the 1970's known for his successful hand in menswear and women's wear for two decades. Over the next 30 years he expanded his line to swimwear, furs, luggage and perfume.
Elsa Schiaparelli, Italian designer of the 1930's. Started her line with knitwear, which were mainly inspired by surrealists like her collaborators Salvador Dali and Alberto Giacometti.
By adding evening wear to her collection, using luxury silk, made the Schiaparelli business move from strength to strength.
Madeleine Vionnet, French designer also in the 1930's. Vionnet created designs that showed off a women's body, which accentuated the natural female form. Dominating in Haute Couture, her sensual gowns began to set trends.
Last but not least, we have Emanuel Ungaro a French designer of the 1960's. Known for his imaginative use of color and bold baroque contrasts. Today, Ungaro has a very flourishing atelier as well as branches all over the world, and his annual turnover is approx. $ 700 million.
Written by Chelsea Monfort