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haha this is so funny because as soon as I saw this topic I thought of kit. I'm not that familiar with claude montana, can anyone provide a brief background on him and his work?

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The late Helse Dolsey once called Claude Montana the "Leader of Paris fashion," but that could be said of many Paris designers. Another name for him has been "King of Shoulder Pads" which is a more apt title, looking to the size of the shoulders of many of his designs. He has spent a good deal of his career designing men's clothes for women.

Claude Montana was born in Paris in 1937 to a Spanish mother and a German father. At the end of 60's he went to London, and began designing jewellery made of Mexican papier mache and rhinestones. He sold them in the streets and markets of London. He had a modest success and was featured in British VOGUE.

He returned to Paris in 1970 and started working for a French leather company called McDouglas, where he learned the basic skills of pattern cutting/grading. He left them to start up on his own.

In 1976 Montano staged a fashion show at Angelina's Tea Room, in Paris. His designs were acclaimed and his rise was meteoric. In 1979 he set up his own company and began creating masculine styles for women. Large sharp shoulders became his trade-mark.

During the 80's he designed futuristic space-age clothes, as many other designers also did. He also continued with his heavy, broad-shouldered designs. He brought out his men's clothing line transforming the clean lines and pure forms of established men's tailoring into a more unstructured and casual alternative. He used a soft layering look, well-designed and well executed.

From 1989 to 1991, Claude Montana designed for the house of Lanvin. He designed five award winning collections.

During the 90's, his style gradually changed and became more simple and sophisticated. His collections announced a whole new set of styles with exquisite drapery, fluidity, movement and minimal construction. He used a much more feminine look. Gone were the bulky masculine overcoats, and in came furs of white fox, or coloured mink capes, and he began to make liberal use of fabrics such as velvet, crepe, mousseline, and leather.

His leather collection in the 80's caused a violent reaction in the American press, which saw them as neo-Nazi wear.

The "Fly-away" jacket, a trapeze cut flared from just below the shoulder blade, was a significant new shape.

In 1993 Claude Montana married his long-time girl-friend and earlier model, Wallis Francken - famous for starring in the Emanuelle films. They were married in Paris at the Mairie in the rue de Grenelle. The bride naturally wore a Montana outfit, a soft white crepe pantsuit. The designer wore a pair of beige and black Montana cowboy boots flown in especially from Mexico.

During the late 90's Montana designed swim-wear and soft flowing gowns with a bias cut. In 1996, he brought out a line of Jeans called BEST MOUNTAIN made by his concern Best Montana.

His beloved wife Wallis committed suicide in 1995. Montana faced considerable financial difficulties, and sold his house to a French concern, who are continuing the name.

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Parmentier presented the Montana Spring/Summer 2003 collection in Paris in October 2002 which was very well received. This is an outfit from that collection.

It was based on Claude Montana's favourites especially soft leathers. There were some handsome coats with attractive white square cutouts and some blouson tops in buttery leather pastels. A white leather trenchcoat was particular beautiful with sandy beige pants.
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Brian!! I was going to post the article as well but it wouldn't let me! I would have beaten you!

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neener neener :p


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firstview.com actually has montana shows from spring 1996 up to spring 2003

here are some looks from the spring 2003 collection.

<<edit: actually, i'm going to give this collection its own thread.....>>


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aww you guys are such dolls! thanks for the article

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oh i didn't see those posted before bri bri. Those are great! I'm really surprised, there are quite a few shapes in there that I adore and i think that this season was very in tune for '93. Who is the designer there now? Have we figured it out yet?

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doh...!! who would've guessed that there's already a thread on mr. montana...by kit... i'm merging now...

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Theres no return...I saw him high off his head in a club on Saturday and the only place left to go is HOME
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There is a full page advert in the latest Vogue Hommes International of a knitted cotton sweater by ' MONTANA ' !!!!

Does anyone know whether this marks a return for the man himself , or whether his name has been bought and a collection designed by someone else in his name .

I do know that this happened to his women's collection , but even that has disappeared from sight .

I'd be grateful for ANY information .

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Theres no return...I saw him high off his head in a club on Saturday and the only place left to go is HOME
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Further to my post in the other Montana thread ,

http://www.gay-news.com/article.php?sid=275

I' m SO sorry to read all the bad news .

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It just came to me , LeylaM once said that she knew Wallis Franken , and lunched with her a week before she died .

She said that the situation with Claude was very sad .

I've got a short Montana retrospective , recorded on video off FTV .

Makes you very depressed to watch it - such a talent to go to waste , as Yves said recently , about Claude .


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^ My husband met Claude last year. He said he was drunk at 3 in the afternoon and had definitely seen better years, but was very friendly and gracious all the same.

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I found a personal blog on the internet where someone laments the death of 'their friend' Wallis Franken who comitted suicide. Apparently they read that Claude was out chasing boys while she was home alone.

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