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Missoni (Ottavio “Tai” Missoni [1921–2013] and Rosita Missoni [1932–])

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...The husband and wife team of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni founded their knitwear company in the early 1950s, in the northern Italian village where Rosita was born. Ottavio and Rosita met at the 1948 London Olympic Games. Competing in the 400...

Dolce & Gabbana (Domenico Dolce 1958–; Stefano Gabbana 1962–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Italian fashion designers. The clothes by this Italian duo could be described as Rock Star meets Sicilian Widow (as Dolce is Sicilian). Unmistakably Italian, made for curvaceous Loren-like figures, their work has touches of high baroque...

Gucci, Guccio (1881–1953)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Gucci is Italy’s largest selling brand, founded by craftsman Guccio Gucci in 1921. While working in hotels in Paris and London, he had been impressed by the luxurious luggage of the guests. Building on the family’s saddlery business, he...

Ferragamo, Salvatore (1898–1960)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Ferragamo is one of Italy’s largest luxury goods companies. Its eponymous founder was a shoe designer who combined Hollywood glamour with Italian craftsmanship. In 1914, after an apprenticeship in Naples, he immigrated to Boston where his...

Pucci, Emilio, Marquess of Barsento (1914–92)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Italian fashion designer Pucci was a Florentine nobleman whose kaleidoscopic prints and stretch pants were the leisurewear of choice for the jet set visiting postwar Italy. He was educated at universities both in Italy, Florence and Milan...

Courrèges, André (1923–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...In 1964, five years before man walked on the moon, Courrèges showed a collection that was to define the age. His 1964 white Space Age collection, with sharply sculpted skirts 3 inches above the knee, round helmet headgear, mid-calf white...

De Givenchy, Count Hubert Taffin (1927–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...French fashion designer, Givenchy is best known for creating the simple, elegant, chic look epitomized by Audrey Hepburn. He created both her on-screen and personal wardrobes. They met when she was filming Sabrina in 1953, the year...

Clark, Raymond (Ossie) (1942–96)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...British fashion designer Clark was born in Warrington in Cheshire, but grew up in nearby Oswaldtwistle which gave him his nickname. Fascinated from an early age by both fashion and construction, he went first to Manchester College of Art...

Prada, Miuccia (1949–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Prada is an Italian fashion designer. The Prada brand, with a turnover in billions, stands for an understated Italian chic. The chic comes from chief designer Miuccia Prada, youngest granddaughter of its founder Mario; the turnover from her...

Hilfiger, Tommy (1951–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Hilfiger is an American fashion designer, one of a group including Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren who shifted from producing clothing, in Hilfiger’s case, to running a lifestyle brand. Hilfiger’s menswear is not necessarily very distinctive,...