Baldassari Maurizio (1936). Italian designer. Born in Liguria, Maurizio Baldassari launched his first menswear Collection in 1983.
Baldassari Maurizio (1936). Italian designer. Supporter of the total look concept conceived as a reinterpretation of the formal. Born in Liguria (Lerici), Maurizio Baldassari launched his first menswear collection in 1983. Moreover this was when international demand for subtle Italian men’s fabrics and clothing was pushing an entire generation of new Italian designers onto the international scene. His first collection was followed by the underwear collection (’88). Then year later he launched the womenswear collection (’89).
Baldassari is a tailor at heart, working contemporary influences, including touches of leather and boldly modern hues, into a classic repertoire. Like many of his contemporaries, Baldassari began his career working for the Italian department store chain La Rinascente. There he served as a buyer and a consultant from 1957 to 1975. He left Rinascente to begin design consulting for fashion companies including Ellesse, Robe di Kappa, Redaelli and Levi’s.
In the same period he served as a design consultant for the Italian Fashion Committee of the Textile and Clothing Industries. In the 1980s he also designed a complete line for the Japanese department store Takashimaya. He designed a complete line for them. Additionally in the meantime several “Maurizio Baldassari – Made in Italy” single-brand stores have been opened also in very important Chinese cities.
Arzuaga Amaya (1970). Spanish designer. She followed in the footsteps of her mother, Maria Luisa Navarro, a knitwear designer.
Arzuaga Amaya (1970). Spanish designer. She followed in the footsteps of her mother, Maria Luisa Navarro, a knitwear designer who controls the largest Spanish group in the field, Elipse. Amaya was born in Lerna, near Burgos. She maked her début in 1994 during the women’s prêt-à-porter show in Paris. Her next collections, presented at the same time in Paris and in Spain, sold 55,000 pieces in 35 countries. Her collections of women’s and men’s wear for Autumn-Winter 1997-1998 have been presented on the runways of London Fashion Week.
In February 2003, the second presentation in Milan for the designer loved by Pedro Almodóvar, for whose films she created many of the costumes. In Milan Arzuaga Amaya presented chiffon mini-tunics combined with leatherleggings and blouses of boiled wool with large pleats.
Anthony John, Gianantonio Iorio’s alias, is an American designer. Anthony John was born in New York City on April 28, 1938.
Anthony John, is Gianantonio Iorio’s alias (1938). American designer. Anthony John was born in New York City on April 28, 1938. His father was an Italian-American sculptor. He studied at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Rome on a scholarship. Then he went back to NYC to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
He started his career by working at Devonbrook Sportswear in 1959. He worked there for 9 years. Anthony John also worked briefly for Adolphe Zelinka. Then John Anthony started his own firm on Seventh Avenue, New York in 1971. Then he presented his first collection.
He uses the most refined fabrics, such as chiffon and satin, to manufacture extremely simple clothes. His clothing was luxurious. His designs are meant for a young and sophisticated woman. The designer is considered one of the inventors of “easy-to-travel” clothing with garments easy to roll up and pack into bags and suitcases. In fact he uses natural fabrics like wool, crêpe, chiffon, jersey, satin, and menswear fabrics.
Among the various celebrities that have worn the designer’s creations we can find Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Performers Lena Horne and Audrey Meadow.
Apostopulos Nikolas (1952). French designer of Greek origin. He has multiple degrees in law and political science. In 1985 he opened his griffe Nikos.
Apostopulos Nikolas (1952). French designer of Greek origin. He has multiple degrees, in law and political science from the University of Athens and from the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1985 he opened his griffe Nikos, after working as a manager at Alaïa. His special talent was knowing how, with technique and good taste, to mix Lycra and viscose. In 1985, using this especially flexible fabric, Apostopulos created his first collection of men’s underwear. Since then, he has concentrated on lines of underwear, including lines for women.
Then sculpture for men is born. It is a male fragrance. The Nikos brand includes a line of jewellery made with gold, platinum and diamonds, plus a line of bodycare.
Aponte Laura (1906-1990). Italian knitwear designer. Her father was a lawyer and her mother was a talented mandolin player.
Aponte Laura (1906-1990). Italian knitwear designer. She came from a noted Roman family. In fact her father a lawyer while her mother, Pinella Tittoni, a talented mandolin player. She married very young to a nobleman from the Veneto, had the marriage annulled in the mid 1930s. Then happily married the journalist Salvatore Aponte, who had been the Moscow correspondent for Corriere della Sera during the Russian Revolution. They lived together in Paris and in Libya, and returned to Italy at the beginning of the war.
In 1945, Laura began her activity in the field of fashion, choosing knitwear. Her début was quite adventurous: she put together a group of sweaters made with recycled wool and knitted on a jacquard loom, with patterns inspired by the designs of contemporary artists in Rome. Her first client and supporter was the baroness Gaby di Robilant. She introduced Laura to Elsa Schiaparelli, who wanted Laura’s designs for her boutique in Place Vendôme in Paris. It became a major triumph. In America, Harper’s Bazaar put her on its cover.
The designer’s atelier in Rome was on via Gesù e Maria. In 1959 she was invited to Florence for the Sala Bianca shows. In 1970 she retired to Capri, leaving the company in the hands of her daughter Nora. She continued to work under the brand Laura Aponte Tricots until 1983.
Angsana Farah (1973). Swiss designer of Indonesian origin. In 1999 she launched her first women’s wear collection but her goal was to design for men.
Angsana Farah (1973). Swiss designer of Indonesian origin. She studied at the Central School of Fashion in London, where she graduated in 1992. There Farah was able to learn more about the techniques used by her hero Valentino and his mentor, the famed Jean Dessés.
She remained in London after graduation, and later went to Paris, where in 1999 she launched her first women’s wear collection. But her goal was to design for men. In 2002 she showed at the Men’s Fashion Week in Paris.
Angsana Farah was the first Indonesian born designer to present her collection at the Paris Fashion Week. Her ideal man, warrior-like and also a pleasure-seeker, caught the attention of everyone.
Anouska Hempel. English atelier for high couture and prêt-à-porter fashion, opened in 1988 by the designer of the same name.
Anouska Hempel. English atelier for high couture and prêt-à-porter fashion, opened in 1988 by the designer of the same name. Anouska Hempel won her place in the forefront of the fashion world and also in the wardrobe of the royal family thanks to an ability to balance sensitivity to the past with a taste for the present, with a rigor that is almost Japanese. Her daring hats and evening dresses have given pleasure to many. She furnished Blakes Hotel and other exclusive London hotels with a fresh and very personal style.
Anouska Hempel then decided to focus on hotel and commercial design, working for Van Cleef & Arpels. Her fashion designs were documented in the DVD series Master of Fashion.
The Hempel Hotel opened at the Crave Hill Gardens in London. Its minimalist aesthetic is a perfect example of the designer’s style.
After her success with the Blakes Hotel in London, she works on the Blakes Hotel in Amsterdam, that was opened in 1999. Furthermore the Amsterdam hotel takes inspiration from the Dutch East India Company of Amsterdam.
In 2003, Hampel worked on the interior of the restaurant of Tom Aikens, a young gastronomic talent. The opening of the restaurant was held in March of the same year, in the London neighborhood of Chelsea.
One of the last structures to receive the designer’s inimitable touch was the Monsieur George Hotel in Paris. Additionally among the designer’s other works, Six Senses Duxton in Singapore.
André Adeline (1949). French designer. She was born in Bangui, French Equatorial Africa, into a family of miners. She wanted to be a fashion photographer.
André Adeline (1949). French designer. She was born in Bangui, in French Equatorial Africa, into a family of miners. As a teenager, she dreamed of becoming a fashion photographer. So she went to London, later, having landed in Paris, she began to attend the fashion school. From 1969 to 1972 she was an assistant to Marc Bohan at Dior. Subsequently she succeeded Marc Bohan as an assistant at Maison Dior. Then, in 1981 she met Stevan Dohar, a Hungarian architect who, with the financial help of some of her friends, decided to launch the Adeline Andrè.
In the same year André patented the print of her first “Three-sleeve-hole garment“. It was such an innovative garment that it deserved a place in the fashion museums of Paris, New York and Lisbon. Some of her designs are on permanent display at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Her garments for men and women, in soft fabrics and flowing lines, are now produced exclusively for her private customers. They are presented during events by invitation in galleries or ateliers in Paris, London and New York.
In 1973 she created the women’s prêt-à-porter collection for Louis Féraud. In collaboration with Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, she designed her first complete collection in 1976. Then in 1981 she started her own business and left Dior. Beginning in 1992 she toured the world’s most important cities with her prèmiere and workers, showing men’s and women’s made-to-measure clothes. Since 1994 she has been in charge of the knitwear collection for Nina Ricci.She launched her first haute couture Collection and worked for Les 3 Suisses, designing exclusive styles for the 1998 season.
Additionally she designed costumes for the theater and also designed the Bettina line. She worked with the Canadian designer Daniel Storto, famous overseas for his leather gloves. In Paris, Adeline’s models wore “Siamese-twin gloves,” a single glove which splits from the elbow down.
In May 1997, André became an ‘invited member’ of the Syndicate Chamber of Parisian Haute Couture and a ‘permanent member’ since January 2005.
Amann Elisa (1964). Spanish designer born in Bilbao. She worked with Ines Monge, her fellow-citizen. They opened their atelier in Barcelona.
Amann Elisa (1964). Spanish designer born in Bilbao. She worked with Ines Monge, her fellow-citizen. They opened their atelier in Barcelona. Vogue Spain gave them two covers. They create their clothes using rags, lace, threads, yarns, fringes, trimmings and remnants of fabric. They believe in a style which is the exact opposite of what they define as “the false splendor of fashion.”
Amies Hardy Edwin (1909-2003). English designer and the favorite of Queen Elisabeth. He is well know for being the favorite of Queen Elizabeth II.
Amies Hardy Edwin (1909-2003). English designer and the favorite of Queen Elisabeth. He was born on July 17, 1909 in London. At the start of a long career, by 1934 he was founder and managing director of London’s Lachasse Couture House. He went out on his own in 1946 in the field of women’s wear, both prêt-à-porter and haute couture and founded a brand under his name.
Four years later, Elisabeth, heir to the throne, ordered a dress from him. It is his “consecration.”
Then in 1962 he presented a men’s Collection. He was the author of the ABC of Men’s Fashion and The Englishman’s Suit.
In a 2002 statement, the house announced it would go into receivership after several years of financial losses. Amies, who retired in 2002 and died the following year of a heart attack, is known throughout the world above all for having created, from 1955 onwards, the fanciful dresses of Queen Elizabeth II, being one of her official designers. The House of Hardy Amies was still designing for her under Design Director Jon Moore until 2002.
Among Amies’ other famous clients we can find the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
The designer passed away on March 5, 2003 in London.
In November 2008, the Hardy Amies brand was acquired by Fung Capital, the private investment arm of Victor and William Fung, who together control the Li & Fung Group. In 2018, the company went into administration for a second time.