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1944-2007 Gianfranco Ferré
Gianfranco Ferré (15 August 1944 – 17 June 2007) was a fashion designer also known as "the architect of fashion" for his background and his original attitude toward creating fashion design.

Born in Legnano, Italy, he received a degree in architecture in 1969.



Ferré began his fashion career in 1970 by designing accessories, then worked as a raincoat designer in 1972-74.



He started his own company Baila in 1974 [1] and launched his signature collection for women in 1978.



His first men's collection appeared in 1982, followed in 1986 by his first couture collection in Rome.

Ferré became Stylistic Director of Christian Dior in Paris in 1989, when he was chosen by owner Bernard Arnault to replace Marc Bohan.



In 1996, it was announced that Ferré would end his engagement with Dior with the Spring 1997 collection for the label.

His own label is more relaxed and practical than Dior, with functional pockets and no big hats.



Sophisticated white shirts have became the symbol of his personal signature in fashion design.

Ferré appeared to be extremely critical of trends and fashion gimmicks.

He dealt with his demanding schedule, being responsible for a French top fashion brand and his own Italian label, by commuting between Milan and Paris in his private plane.

Ferré had a lakeside home in Lake Maggiore, near Milan.

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These are all from the "Fashion in Motion" exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum, July 2005.





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I would love to see some photographs of pieces by Ferre when he was at his best, I read that he wasn't too popular towards the end of his career?

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ferre a/w 86 "cloud" jacket (from exhibit "breaking the mode")

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s/s 86 ad from donna magazine


2 illustrated spreads of s/s 85 collection, from vanity magazine



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^those illustrations must be by Lorenzo Mattotti

love the cloud jacket and green look after it.. pretty the way the lapels roll.. and weird-looking netty fabrics. thanks for the scans fashion.fashoff ! too bad there wasn't more info about the cloud jacket. i'm trying to make a similar collar :-p

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After falling in love with the last two collections for the house of Gianfranco Ferre by Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi, I wanted to see what the work of the man himself was like.
I have to say, I only see very small similarities in their work, using the work posted here as comparison. It's mostly the collars - They've done takes on the cloud jacket and the swirling stiff collars but the rest tends to take Ferre's Architect of Fashion title very literally.
I love their take on it a lot - I think they may be updating Ferre and bringing it back into the limelight with modern-looking structures and fabrics.

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