Emanuel Ungaro was born in 1933 in the south of France. The father of Emanuel was a tailor from Brindisi and so, from an early age he, and his 5 brothers and sisters, learned how to tailor and started helping with the family business. Apart from tailoring, art was another great passion of young Emanuel. He particularly loved the paintings of Cezanne, his Provance art and the colors he used.
At the age of 22 Ungaro moved to Paris to pursue his dream of becoming a fashion designer. He started working for the house of Balenciaga, but soon he started craving for a different athmosphere. After six years of gathering experience and know-how, Ungaro joined Courreges. In 1965 he decided to open his own fashion house, his staff was made of 4 seamstresses and he only had fourty meters of fabric, but his first collection astonished both public and critics. This debut earned him international popularity too and from then on he became an important figure in French fashion with his unusual color combinations and elegant silhouettes.
In 1968 Ungaro launched his prêt-a-porter (ready to wear) designs and opened his first very ow boutique in Paris. In 1973 came his men’s line- “UngaroUomo” and in 1983 his first perfume-“Diva”. Business was growing and it was time for new boutiques, this time all over the world.
Nowadays the Ungaroempire included not only clothes and perfumes but also beachwear, ski clothes and housewares.
In 2004 at the age of 74, Emanuel Ungaro decided to retire. His house however still gives birth to collections and successful ones at that. The love for geometrical patterns combined with bold colors and elegantly flowing fabrics hasn’t changed to this day and still draws a lot of media attention to the Ungaro collections.
Emanuel Ungaro has been awarded the Golden Thimble award twice. This is the most prestigious fashion honor a designer can get in France. His designs are featured in some of the most popular museums in the world, such as : The Metropolitan museum in New York City and in Musee de Mode in Paris.