Designer Emanuel Ungaro has died at age 86, his eponymous fashion house confirmed today.
Born 1933 in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France to Italian parents, he was a staple of the Parisian fashion scene for four decades. Ungaro was known for his women’s haute couture and ready-to-wear collections, which featured feminine details, including plissé, draping and signature polka dots.
Ungaro moved to Paris in the 1950s, training with Cristobal Balenciaga before launching his namesake label in 1965. Over the years, the house expanded to include fragrance, luxury furniture and accessories in addition to clothes.
The late designer retired from his eponymous brand in 2004 and sold it to Silicon Valley businessman Asim Abdullah in 2005. Since then, the house has had a rotating cast of managers and designers, including a brief stint with the actress Lindsay Lohan as artistic director.
In an Instagram post confirming news of Ungaro’s death, his namesake label lauded his knack for sensual and colorful designs.
“Today, we mourn the immensely talented couturier who founded our label in 1965, and whose the we continue to bear,” read the fashion house’s Instagram caption. “He remains in our memory as the master of sensuality, color and flamboyance.”
Ungaro was married with a daughter but has remained out of the spotlight in recent years. According to French news agency Agence France-Presse, he had been in poor health for the past two years.
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