Sylvia (1963). American designer. Her creations are characterized by a sophisticated elegance. She constantly tries to combine practicality with refinery. After launching her first overcoat Collection in New York for Henry Bendel and an exclusive women’s line, in 1987 she presented her first independent Collection for Spring 1988 for the department store Barney. She also designs bijoux and creates costumes for the theater and cinema.
She opened a flagship store in Thompson Street, Soho, London.
Her lines are on sale in more than 50 American stores.
Daniel (1938). French designer. He can be credited as one of the activists of sportswear clothing to be worn also in cities. Son of textile entrepreneur, he made his debut with his first womenswear Collection in 1962. This was followed by a childrenswear Collection in 1965 and a menswear Collection in 1968. Sylvie Vartan, Anouk Aimée, and Johnny Hallyday are just some of his clients. In 1971 he began to design clothing for individual sports (tennis and skiing). In 1976 he made his debut in accessories (belts, small leather goods, and eyewear). In 1997 he decided to give carte blanche for his lines to a young German designer, Grit Seymour.
The company was acquired by the German group, Miltenberger Otto Aulbach, which took over the sales network and the brand’s development. The company works through a system of differentiated licenses for clothing, underwear, shoes, swimwear, and household linen lines.
The men, women, and sportswear Collections for autumn-Winter 2004 were presented in the new showroom opened at Düsseldorf’s harbor in Germany.
Edith (1907-1981). American costume designer. She was a legend in her business. After working on hundreds of films, in which she achieved 8 Oscars and 33 nominations, she died while working on the film Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. Excellent in all styles and eras, she was capable of adjusting the costume to suit the varied temperaments of different characters. She dressed practically all the great women’s actresses from Marlene Dietrich to Bette Davis, from Liz Taylor (A Place in the Sun) to Audrey Hepburn, from Barbara Stanwyck (Double Indemnity) to the blonde and icy Hitchcock heroines Grace Kelly (Rear Window) and Tippi Hedren (Birds). However she always said to prefer men’s costumes “It’s much easier to work with men. All they want is to be finished quickly.” Her name was linked to several westerns (Shane). She made her debut as designer at Paramount Pictures, where she remained for 29 years, eventually becoming the head of the costume department. She then moved to Universal, where she worked for the rest of her life. Her life was spent on sets, but her creations were copied all over the world, influencing fashion far beyond her world in cinema.
German brand of women’s clothing. Established in 2000 by the designers Ingken Benesch and Kai Duenhoelter. A great passion for modern aesthetics and materials stimulate their Collections. The clothes are sensual, which discreetly cover and uncover the body, thanks to particular geometrics. It is a style that tends to veer away from the seasonality of Collections.
Jerry (1962). American model. She is married to the rockstar, Mick Jagger, with whom she has three children. Her talent scout was the illustrator, Antonio Lopez, who chose her as model and pin-up girl. In the early 1980s, not yet 18, she made her debut on the European runways and in front of the cameras of Norman Parkinson and Helmut Newton.
Wool factory established in 1978 in Molvena, Vicenza. It manufactures fabrics that are continually researched and evolving, intended for women, but now also for men, in fibers that have now amplified from wools to include natural and artificial materials. The company, a family business, is already at the third generation. It privileges research, but also focuses on traditional quality, aesthetics, and creativity with links to art and culture. The company produces 2 million meters of fabric every year, which are produced in the various plants of the group with its 200 employees and a turnover of 50 billion Euros (60% comes from export).
&Quad;Its clientele includes: Marella, Liz Claiborne, Max Mara, Ellen Tracy, Ittierre, World Itochu, and Byblos, for which the company produces wool, viscose, silk, linen, cottons, and quality alpaca.
&Quad;Lorenzo Bonotto belongs to the association of Young Entrepreneurs of the Sistema Moda Italia with 37 more entrepreneurs of the textile sector.
Pascal (1966). French designer. He attended painting courses at the School of Fine Arts in Mulhouse. At the age of 19 he created the first clothing Collection for his boutique. From 1989 to 1991 he lived in London, where he designed clothes and theater costumes. He later moved to Paris to collaborate with Barbara Bui. Since 1999 he has been designing high fashion.
In Singapore he participated in the French Fashion Furor, an event organized by the French Embassy and the Institute of Tourism of Singapore. Among the French designers presenting their Spring-Summer Collection there were Jerome Dreyfuss, Dominique Siroup for haute couture, and Christina Dior, Tom Van Lingen, and Eric Bergere for ready-to-wear.
Famous tailoring workshop at 11 Savile Row in London. Here the manufacturing of a suit requires a two-year wait. The workshop was made famous thanks to the excellence of its fox-hunting and horse-riding gears. Established in 1849 by Henry Huntsman, it specialized in sports clothing and suspenders. It later adopted a classic style, earning itself the first Royal Warrant, a certificate of suppliers to the Royal Family, in 1865. In 1919 it moved from the West End to its present address. Today 70% of the manufacturing is done by hand by a group of tailors skilled in just one element of suit manufacturing (shoulders, sleeves, back, and pants). From 1932 it was no longer under the control of the founder’s family.
International festival of new fashion talents. Since 1986 the ancient thermal resort of the CÂte d’Azur has been the location of this important annual event, the Festival of Art and Fashion. Young photographers and newly graduated designers enjoy the first and most important occasion to encounter the professional world of fashion. The central moments of the festival are the exhibitions that a jury, usually composed of great fashion designers, oversee in order to assign awards to promising talent. In 1999 the names awarded were: Alexandre Matthieu, Stéphane Courdet, and Christof Beaufays, a young Belgian designer about whom Gaultier said: “He offers the vision of the man of the third millennium”.
&Quad;2002. The Grand Prix of the fashion section was equally assigned to Félipé Oliveira Batista and to Rivière de Sade.
&Quad;2003, April. The event, sponsored for the fifth consecutive year by the Group Lvmh, awarded the Italian-Belgian designer Sandrina Fasoli for women’s fashion and the Austrian Ute Ploier for the menswear. Fasoli also won the 1,2,3 award with the French Laurent Edmond.
Paul. Pseudonym of Bohrmann Horst (1909-1999). German photographer, naturalized American. His photography has a strong theatrical component. Influenced by Steichen, they evoke the purest spirit of the 1930s. At the age of 23, he became assistant to the photographer, George Hoyningen-Huene, for whom he had previously posed. In 1932 he started collaborating with Condé Nast. In 1935 he took over from his master at Harper’s Bazaar. His vision of women is full of grace and sensitivity. Still-life scenes of interiors and advertising writings often feature in his fashion photography. He was comforted by the intellectual everyday life of Paris in the years between the two wars, he was friends with Coco Chanel, Cocteau, and the very young Luchino Visconti. After the war, in which he fought on the American side, he became the favorite photographer of Diana Vreeland. He was a great portrayer and a formidable travel reporter. He worked for House & Garden for a long time. He had several exhibitions in the USA and Europe. Among his books, Photographs of a Decade, his autobiography salutes the 1930s. In 1991, the German publishing house, Schirmer-Mosel, published the volume Horst, Six Decades of Photography.