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French Designer Emanuel Ungaro Bids Farewell At 86

The fashion industry copes with another huge loss, here’s how we remember Emanuel Ungaro’s legendary collections.

Emanuel Ungaro, French designer known for his own eponymous label died in Paris on Saturday at age 86.


Ungaro at the age of 25, trained and designed for Cristobal Balenciaga as a tailor. With his impeccable experience on tailoring and an eye for couture, the soft-spoken Ungaro ventured on his own and built Emanuel Ungaro in 1965. The fashion house electrified with bright and bold prints up until this day. Ungaro believed that women should not be dressed in a sad way and in no circumstances deserve boring clothes.


At the age of 72, Ungaro retired and sold the brand to Asim Abdullah, a businessman from Silicon Valley. 


Although Ungaro chose to give fashion a rest, the brand continued to thrive and produce pieces made for women with heightened sense of style and elegance. Some of his iconic bold prints, cuts, and structures remained as the identity of the brand. 





His exceptional use of color and ability to accentuate a woman’s formidable stature continues to inspire young designers of today. We’re deeply saddened but we’re sending love and light to Monsieur Emanuel Ungaro all the way up in couture heaven.