French Fashion Designer Emanuel Ungaro Has Died

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By Wire Service
December 23, 2019Entertainmentshare
French Fashion Designer Emanuel Ungaro Has Died
Italian designer Emanuel Ungaro makes last-minute preparations backstage prior to the presentation of his 2001/2002 autumn-winter Haute Couture collection in Paris, France on July 9, 2001. (Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)

French fashion designer Emanuel Ungaro, who founded his namesake line in 1965, has died.

He was 86 years old, according to French media. His death was confirmed Sunday, Dec. 22, on the official Emanuel Ungaro Paris Instagram account.

“The Fashion House he founded in 1965 still bearing his name cries today this extremely talented Couturier,” the Instagram post says. “He will stay in our memories as the Master of sensuality, colors, and flamboyance.”

Shoes made for Emanuel Ungaro by Malone Souliers are on display during the Emanuel Ungaro presentation
Shoes made for Emanuel Ungaro by Malone Souliers are on display during the Emanuel Ungaro presentation as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2018/2019 at Avenue Montaigne in Paris, France on March 1, 2018. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

According to Vogue UK, Ungaro was known for his “flamboyant use of pattern and elegant draping, creating pieces with an emphasis on the comfortable and flattering encasement of the female form.”

After about four decades, he sold the label to businessman Asim Abdullah for $84 million, according to Vogue UK.

Ungaro departed the fashion house in 2004, the company says on its website.

“Until his departure in 2004 from the House he founded, Mr. Emanuel Ungaro has continuously driven the house forward every season with each new collection, by anticipating trends and reminding women of their power of seduction via his richly embellished designs,” its website says.

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