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Gianfranco Ferré the Architect of Fashion- Stylert.com
Fashion Designer Gianfranco Ferré was known as the architect of fashion. The Italian designer has become famous for his powerful use of luxurious fabrics such as fur, leather and taffeta.
By: gaby schmid
Gianfranco Ferré elegant, structured style and feminine silhouettes has attracted clients which included Sharon Stone, Elizabeth Taylor, the Queen of Jordan, Paloma Picasso, Sophia Loren and the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
Gianfranco Ferre was born in 15th August 1944 in northern Italy. His mother was a widow of an engineer. He and his brother grow up with his two aunts who were perfectionists which influenced his life. In 1967, he qualified as an architect in Milan, and supported himself by making belts while at college. He received a degree in architecture in 1969 at the Politecnico di Milano university. In 1983, he joined Domus Academy as founding Professor of the Department of Fashion Design.
He made some jewellery for a girl friend which was noticed by the owners of a boutique in Portofino, and he found himself designing jewellery for Walter Albini, a successful designer of garments made of silk and luxurious fabrics, and Christiane Bailly. Ferre also started working as a freelance designer, completing commissions for Lagerfeld and Fiorucci.
Ferré began his fashion career in 1970 by designing accessories, then worked as a raincoat designer in 1972-74. He also spent much time travelling in India designing and advising the new fashion industry. The dazzling country with all its crafts, traditions and colour schemes, was a revelation to him.
He started his own company Baila in 1974 and launched his signature collection for women in 1978. His first men's collection appeared in 1982, followed in 1986 by his first couture collection in Rome. Ferre became Stylistic Director of Christian Dior in Paris in 1989, when he was chosen by owner Bernard Arnault to replace Marc Bohan. In 1996, it was announced that Ferré would end his engagement with Dior with the SS1997 collection for the label.
Ferré died on June 17, 2007. The previous Friday, he had suffered a massive brain hemorrhage. Ferré was hospitalized at the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, where he was pronounced dead a few days later.He was replaced by Swedish designer Lars Nilsson. It was to be a short-lived tenure with his designs scrapped before the SS2008 shows and replaced by a team effort that aimed to more closely reflect Gianfranco Ferré's legacy.
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