Category Archives: Fashion Designers

Fashion Designer: Oscar de la Renta

De la Renta was born on July the 22nd 1936 in the Dominican Republic. At the age of 18 he left home to travel to Spain, where he would pursue his dream of becoming an artist. When arriving in Madrid he started studying painting and artistry in the Academy of San Fernando. During his first years in Madrid, while studying painting he became interested in fashion and so, a new passion was born. With a little luck and a lot of talent, he was soon sketching for some of the biggest fashion houses in Spain. An apprenticeship followed shortly, Cristobal Balenciaga had spotted de la Renta and decided to become his mentor.

After the time he spent in the fashion house of Balenciaga he changed the scene a little by moving to Paris and scoring a new job –as a couture assistant in Lanvin.

After spending some time in Paris, working with Antonio Castillo on Lanvin, De la Renta then took off to New York to work for Elizabeth Arden. After Arden, Oscar de la Renta decided it was time to take the risk and opened his own fashion house. The fashion house he opened in 1965 concentrated on ready-to-wear clothes.

Ever since it was created, the Oscar de la Renta fashion house has earned many loyal clients with its luxurious designs which were then only for the rich and famous.

Apart from the ready-to-wear line de la Renta launches each year, he has also branched out by selling eyewear, sleepwear, swimwear, perfumes, linens, wedding dresses, jewellery and lingerie.

The first fragrance the designer launched is called “Oscar”. It came out in 1977 and was a huge success; it was even awarded the Fragrance Foundation Perennial Success Award in 1991.

Back in the Dominican Republic, Oscar is a well-known member and a vivid social figure. In 1996 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hispanic Heritage Society.

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Fashion Designer: Max Azria

Max was born in 1948 in Tunisia. When he was only 13 years old he moved to Paris to study acting there and to be educated.

BCBG, the name of his brand stands for Bon Chic Bon Genre, which means “good style, good attitude” in French. The name and the logo of Azria’s famous brand have been designed by his wife-Lubova.
Max Azria has designed primarily in Paris; 11 years (from 1970 to 1981) he spent his time concentrated on womens clothes. One of his most famous collections has been created during the time he spent in Paris all those (11) years.

In 1981 Max Azria decided to move to the United States. There, he launched “Jess”-a retail store offering French clothing. Eight years later, in 1989, Max founded his BCBG brand and his chic French designs soon captured many celebrities and popular women. BCBG was modern but also sophisticated and the prices were far below those of other fashion designers,at least at the time.

The headquarters of BCBG became Beverly Hills, California. Apart from eveningwear and other womens clothing, the brand also produces shoes, perfumes, handbags and cosmetics.
Azria has also designed clothes for TV shows in the US such as: Seinfeld, Ally McBeal, Enterntainment Tonight and most notably Friends.

In 1999 BCBG decided it was time to expand even further and bought HerveLeger(the famous brand) as well as its flagship store. A step that spoke of the confidence and great wealth.

The BCBG brand currently has over 65 stores in the US, Paris and Asia. Apart from RTW lines, BCBG offers contemporary, junior, shoe, handbag, sunglasses, menswear and swimwear lines.

Ever since 1996 Max Azria has been presenting his collections during New York fashion week.

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Fashion Designer: John Galliano

John Galliano, born Juan Carlos Antonio Galliano is of Spanish descent and was born in 1961. In 1966 his parents immigrated to London, England with their son Juan and their two daughters. While excelling in languages at the Wilsons Grammar School, young Galliano put together a portfolio for St. Martins College of art. He was accepted and soon started experimenting with bias cutting and working with names such as: Tommy Nutter who worked in London’s most famous tailors street-Savile Row. Galliano soon started making his very own changes in the way sleeves were sewn and trousers were cut, it’s safe to say he somewhat revolutionized sewing and cutting.

In 1984 for his graduation collection for St. Martins, Galliano produced 8 garments which he names “Les Incroyables”, they were a huge success and quickly drew the attention Joan Burstein of Browns, who exhibited them on her windows and soon after that all the 8 pieces were sold (one was bought by Diana Ross).

After he graduated, John was offered a position in New York and accepted it at once.
In 1985 the talented designer met Amanda Grieve, a fashion stylist with a lot of original ideas. Together they started a fruitful collaboration and to this day they are friends and inspiration to each other.
John Galliano launched his very own label in 1984. He made designs that were historically influenced, usually with a lot of edge. His garments were delicate and romantic, tailored masterfully and they soon became his trademark.

In 1987 his hard work won him his first big award-the British Designer of the Year Award.
In 1990 Galliano was having some financial difficulties so he turned to Paris and started producing mostly RTW collections, that’s where the money was. His friends and connections in Paris quickly made him popular and gave him a good head start.

In 1995 came Galliano’s appointment as a designer for Givenchy, which he revived with his bold designs and made the brand popular again.

A year later, in 1996, John Galliano he was awarded with the house of Christian Dior for his work and produced many ready to wear collections for it.

In 2011 however, Galliano was caught making anti-semitic remarks in a Paris bar and Dior dismissed him as a creative director in March the same year.

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