Valentino, Valentino Roma and Valentino Garavani as well as R.E.D. Valentino these all are Valentino Garavani’s creations. The Italian fashion designer is one of major representative of this profession.
Born in northern Italy in a city of Voghera, Valentino early fall in love with fashion designating. After finishing school he moved to Paris where he studied at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, École des Beaux-Arts. His parents Mauro Garavani and Teresa de Biaggi helped him to pursue the interest to fashion design. Read More »
In 2012 Metropolitan Costume Institue will exhibit the result of the two fashion designers’ work – Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli. It doesn’t matter if Miuccia is not a feminist. Both Italian, both very strong and with a very strong aesthetic, the two women reflect the most the contemporary woman and woman of the last century. Read More »
“I want to get into ready to wear, that’s where the money is”.
Oscar De la Renta.
Oscar Aristides Renta was born in Dominican Republic in town of Santo Domingo. His mother was Dominican and father Puerto Rican. At the age of eighteen he went to Spain to graduate from the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid as a painter.
The world of high fashion quickly caught him in its net and soon Oscar was proposed to sketch for leading fashion houses of Spain. This challenge led him to the collaboration with the Spanish most renowned couture – Cristóbal Balenciaga. But despite of the flattering proposal Oscar De la Renta left Spain for the fashion capital – Paris, where he became Lanvin couture assistant of Antonio Castillo. Read More »
In 1854 a well-known fashion house Louis Vuitton was founded. Louis Vuitton gained his reputation in making luggage. That’s why he became a trunk-maker to the wife of Napoleon III.
For several years Louis Vuitton learnt the real basis of the so called voyage-friendly baggage. Then he made up his mind to deconstruct that model. So he thought of his own one. He designed very light trunks with a flat bottom made of wonderful airtight sailcloth. His trunks could simply stack and surely had easy storage. Read More »
Yves Saint Laurent fashion house is a symbol of French couture. The history of this brand takes start in early sixties of the past century. In 1962 the first YSL collection, inspired by national costumes of different nations, was released.
YSL gave life to many fashion trends, such as beatnik look. This company made tight pants, high boots and safari jackets attributes of style and good taste in 60s and 70s.
It is difficult to imagine a man even the most distant from the fashion, which would have never heard about one of the most iconic and legendary among fashion houses – Versace SpA, or simply Versace.
This company was founded in 1978 and was originally conceived as a company selling fine and rare fabrics. However, after six months on the Via della Spiga the first branded boutique with dresses which were invented and sewed by founder of the company – Gianni Versace, was opened in Milan. Design and cut dresses were much differed from those that were adopted in the fashion world at the moment, and shop instantly became very popular not only among the Italian elite, but among ordinary shoppers. Read More »
Fashion house Dolce and Gabbana is one of the largest in the world of fashion, though in practice the youngest. Today, its value exceeds 645 million dollars. Many boutiques around the world, a large staff of admirers, successful shows – it is an integral part of the Dolce & Gabbana.
Since its inception, brand Dolce & Gabbana has become a symbol of passionate and elegant style of confident young men and women. Dolce & Gabbana man – a little hedonist, dresses for himself and very attentive to detail. He loves everything that frees him from subjection to pre-defined patterns, he is free and successful. He can come to the office in a perfect suit, as well as in tattered jeans and a blazer because he dictates the rules and disobeys them. Read More »
“Every single inspired, original, lofty, whimsical,
stunning, brilliant and jaw-dropping detail
was Alexander McQueen.”
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker has been appointed to present the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Board of Directors’ Special Tribute Award to the late Alexander McQueen. Five months left after the couturier Alexander McQueen was found dead (apparently suicide attempt) at his London apartment in February. Read More »
“I have designed flower women.”
Christian Dior was an influential French fashion designer, the founder of one of the world’s top fashion house, also called Christian Dior.
Christian Dior was born in a seaside town on the coast of France, called Granville. His family hoped he would become a diplomat, but Dior only wished to be involved in the fashion world and sketching as well.
To raise money, he sold his fashion works outside for about 10 cents per sketch. In 1928 after leaving school he opened a small art gallery, receiving money from his father. After a family financial disaster Dior was forced to close the gallery. Read More »
A major fashion exhibit showcasing 85 costumes will soon be opened at The Brooklyn Museum. To present the exhibition The Brooklyn Museum has partnered with the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In 2009, the Brooklyn Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art entered into long-term partnership relations to exhibit Brooklyn’s collection. The objects were transferred to The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan, with Brooklyn maintaining curatorial access. Exhibitions of costumes from the collection will be held at both institutions.
The exhibition is organized by Jan Glier Reeder, Consulting Curator for the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and coordinated by Kevin Stayton, Chief Curator of the Brooklyn Museum. Read More »