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July 3, 2006
Fernando Sanchez, Fashion Innovator, Is Dead at 70


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A Fernando Sanchez camisole and petticoat from the 1970's.

By ERIC WILSON


Fernando Sanchez, a fashion designer who captured the naughty side of 1970's fashion with lingerie collections conceived for elegant boudoirs but often worn in public, died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 70.


The cause was cardiopulmonary arrest stemming from complications of leishmaniasis, a disease transmitted by the bite of a sand fly, said Jano Herbosch, Mr. Sanchez's business partner and his cousin by marriage.


Mr. Sanchez was infected with the parasite carried by the fly more than two years ago while traveling in Morocco. He had no immediate survivors.


In 1952, Mr. Sanchez was enrolled at L'École de la Chambre Syndicale, the Paris fashion school, where he studied alongside the young Yves Saint Laurent, who went on to introduce the modern concept of ready-to-wear that revolutionized the way women dressed in their everyday lives. Mr. Sanchez also caused a revolution, more quietly, in the way women dressed in their sleep.


With the collection he started in the early 70's, he introduced dressmaker techniques to slips and caftans so that they transcended their functional boundaries. Things like finished seams and linings made innerwear acceptable as outerwear and foreshadowed the mainstream acceptance, two decades later, of women wearing lingerielike garments in their daily wardrobes.


"It's clothes that you can wear for more than one purpose," Mr. Sanchez said. "You don't have to be stuck in the bedroom to wear them."


He did not consider his designs to be lingerie, once describing them to a reporter for The New York Times as "the equivalent of haute couture." Mr. Sanchez treated his designs as such, staging fashion shows of vibrant moiré robes, transparent gowns and silk velvet pajamas that were followed by evening wear and fur collections. The shows were attended with the same interest as those of more conventional designers — which was not surprising, because they were both beautiful and somewhat risqué.


"If ever I felt naked in public, that was it," the model Iman once said after a show.


Mr. Sanchez, a recipient of several Coty fashion awards and a Council of Fashion Designers of America Award in 1981, was most recently designing collections for Yalla Inc., a sleepwear manufacturer that became his partner in 2003 and will continue producing his lines.


Fernando Sanchez was born in Antwerp, Belgium, where his wealthy grandfather owned a shipping company, on Aug. 9, 1935. His father, also named Fernando Sanchez, died when he was a small boy. As a teenager, he accompanied his mother, Yull Herbosch, to Paris to see the fashions of Jacques Fath, and afterward Mr. Sanchez submitted a portfolio to Mr. Fath, who recommended him to the Chambre Syndicale school.


After working for Nina Ricci and at Christian Dior, where he was hired by Mr. Saint Laurent to design lingerie for its licensees, Mr. Sanchez was hired by the New York lingerie company Warner's to design his own line.


He was inspired each season by his international background and his travels in Europe and Africa. "I draw on my memories of Spain: the sounds of a guitar, palm trees and the indolent dreams of harem life as it must have been," he said.


Mr. Sanchez was very thin, always dressed in black and heavily made up to cover childhood scars from polio, casting a vampirish silhouette.


"He had a face that had suffered," said Diane Von Furstenberg, who first met Mr. Sanchez under the pyramids in Egypt. "But everything about him was so elegant."


He gave lavish parties at his apartment at the Osborne on West 57th Street. He maintained a friendship with Mr. Saint Laurent and his business partner, Pierre Bergé, and bought their first vacation home in Marrakesh, Morocco, when Mr. Saint Laurent moved to a bigger place.


"He was the greatest admirer of Saint Laurent," Mr. Bergé said. "I was very touched by that attitude, because it can be difficult from time to time to accept that your greatest friend, the one you knew when you were very young, became the more famous designer."

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I think this is the first time I've heard of him, but what a great article... and what Grade A name dropping, I'd been reading for two seconds when I saw Iman and YSL.

Besides, it sounds like he looked fabulous - I want pictures :

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thanks dos...
it is a name i have heard all my life.,..
great lingerie and satin loungewear...

very GLAM....

**certainly doesn't make me want to go to morroco after reading what he died of though...

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relax.. enjoy this glamourous life .. soon we all will having the same destiny

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Fernando Sanchez’s home is one of the city’s last true holdouts of Belle Époque living. The fashion designer bought it in 1979, and it’s the largest original apartment in the Osborne—the building kitty-corner to Carnegie Hall—that hasn’t been sliced into multiple units. How many rooms does he have? “Some say fourteen, some say eleven,” Sanchez says with a shrug in the massive foyer. (It depends on how you count the bathrooms.) “This was countryside here,” he adds of his neighborhood. “When I saw original pictures of the Osborne, there were cows around.” The 1885 building, built by James E. Ware, was not particularly luxurious for its time, but simply bourgeois, says Sanchez, who’s decorated his place in what might best be termed grand-bohemian fashion.

How He Came to New York
Born in Spain, Sanchez moved to Paris at 17 and learned his trade working with his friend and former classmate at the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, Yves Saint Laurent. But New York beckoned: “In 1960, I met [fashion illustrator] Joe Eula, and he said I should move here. And then I went to see West Side Story in Paris, and ?fteen days later I took the plane. And I landed in May, and it was West Side Story, and it was everything that I wanted.”

How He Got This Apartment
“I was accustomed to the downtown loft life,” recalls Sanchez, and when he had to move out of his longtime Village home, he couldn’t imagine going anywhere smaller. He bumped into Condé Nast’s Leo Lerman, also an Osborne resident, who told him to come uptown immediately. “He said, ‘I have an apartment for you. It hasn’t been touched.’ ”

1. The Mirrors
By Gaudí, they’re quite rare, and hail from Barcelona.

2. The Armchairs
“Maxime de la Falaise arrived one day and said, ‘I found two chairs for $26.’ I put a white sheet on top of them.” The other one’s by the coffee table.

3. The Lighting
The brass lamps have dimmers, which Sanchez considers key. He likes to live by candlelight.

4. The Shell
The fossil is of Moroccan origin. Sanchez bought it—and the large candle holders—at Jacques Carcanagues.
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The Piece of Art
A calligrapher in Chinatown drew it in the traditional way—with one stroke. It’s perfectly re?ected in the wooden Japanese mirror above the ?replace.

The Coffee Table
“I had it built a million years ago” (i.e., in the seventies). “It’s like an old box used to harbor vegetables.”

The Seating
There are two wood-slat stools from Jacques Grange and a Gaudí heart chair at the end of the coffee table.

The Sofa
Known for his luxurious at-home wear, Sanchez—who “started designing nightgowns as a spoof”—is adept at achieving high style via simple measures. The twenty-foot-long sofa is made out of two firm mattresses covered in machine-washable cotton. The entire thing was sewn together by Forsythe Decorators—“real traditional Jewish ladies who were so sympathique and did every pillow in the house.”
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1. The Colors
Sanchez chose “very natural, Mediterranean colors, the color of antiquity. And the houses in the Mediterranean are bordered in white and the blue sky.”

2. The Wall Decoration
The plates surrounding the Venetian mirror are Delft and belonged to Sanchez’s mother. They had a more formal life—displayed on stands—in his childhood home. Below them are some “knickknacks,” like a seventeenth-century Christ in ivory.

3. The Krishna
The Hindu god sits on a Moroccan table from the forties, which “looks very Colonial to me.”

4. The Bookcase
The pyramid shelving system was made by Alexis de la Falaise, son of Maxime and brother of Loulou, and is a masterpiece of mathematics and engineering, at least according to other architects who have seen it. There is an Indian god on top, a gift. “It seemed to ?t perfectly well there. I worship this pyramid. Besides the beauty of it, it has sentimental relations.”

5. His Floor Library
Sanchez has reading binges: “I go through historical trips, certain periods of time, and then I go through a jewelry trip and so I have every book on jewelry I can ?nd. Then I have a Diaghilev-Nijinsky-Cocteau corner. It depends where the head is.” When not reading in his apartment, Sanchez likes the fact that a walk through its more than 5,000 square feet can double as exercise.

6. The Sleigh Bed
It’s from Jacques Grange and is a copy of an eighteenth-century-style bed done for Florence Gould by Jean-Michel Frank.
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I love the calligraphy painting in the second pic.....
and the last pic...the yellow & blue paint in the room is inspiring.

it was also interesting to read about how he goes on the "reading binges" sticking to no subject in particular....
reminds me of someone I know....

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Christy Turlington wearing Fernando Sanchez in Allure,
date unknown (early 90s ?)

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do you know who the photographer was on that image dos V?...

it's lovely...

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Oh yes, I love it too. I even saved it to my harddrive.
Unfortunately, I have absolutely no idea who the photographer was

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