“One should not wear a dress, one should live in it.” These were the supposed famous words of late French fashion designer, Emanuel Ungaro who was reported dead in Paris at the age of 86. This was confirmed by his family, today, Sunday, December 22.
The late Emanuel Ungaro, born in Aix-en-Province in the south of France, founded his eponymous fashion label in 1965 after having been trained by Cristóbal Balenciaga. He first learned tailoring by working under his father before moving to Paris in his early 20s to launch a career in fashion. In 2005, Emanuel sold his label to internet entrepreneur Asim Abdullah for $84m (£64.5m).
Every season, the late Emanuel Ungaro dared to be different as he combined unexpected yet sensual clashes of bright colours and prints with beautiful draping. His works for the label which was at the height of its popularity in the 1980s and 1990s included haute couture designs as well as clothes for the ready-to-wear market.
According to the Instagram post confirming his death, the brand mentioned that “he will remain in our memories as the Master of sensuality, of colour and flamboyance.” Truly, an icon in the world of fashion will be sorely missed.
Alongside Yves Saint Laurent, Emanuel Ungaro also helped popularize ready-to-wear clothing. While designing for the house of Ungaro, he dressed numerous celebrities including former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez and Gena Rowlands.
Photo credit: Instagram | Emanuelungaroparis
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