Times have changed as vintage clothing has become not only what top designers are using as inspiration for their new collections, but is also sought after by celebrities, stylists and fashonistas worldwide.
Andres Courreges is known as the “Corbusier of Fashion.” Along with Mary Quant, he is credited with the invention of the mini. He worked under Balenciaga for ten years. The futuristic white and silver “Space Age” collection of 1964 featured vinyl boots, space-inspired helmets, miniskirts, and mini dresses. Geometric shapes in hues of white and silver became the look of the season. He was also responsible for the introduction of tailored trousers into the fashion equation. The extent of his influence was proven in the fact that every mass manufacturer created their own interpretation of Courreges’ design.
Coco Chanel created the Little Black Dress and the ultimate two-piece tweed suit and ultimately the first designer to incorporate costume jewelry into her sartorial ethos, both personally and professionally. She employed the creative directorship of a number of high profile jewelers, such as Verduda, Robert Goosens and Maison Gripoix, who also designed for Dior in the 40’s and for Yves Saint Laurent in the 80’s. Learn More
In 1975, Newsweek magazine labeled Diane Von Furstenberg “the most marketable woman since Coco Chanel.” DVF created the iconic wrap dress in the early ’70s, typically jersey fabric and geometric prints. Learn More
Cuban born designer, Luis Estévez, is best known for his chic, sophisticated, figure flattering cocktail and evening wear and his unique neckline treatments.
Halston epitomizes the glamorous yet non-fussy dressing of the 70’s. Roy Halston Frowick, a key figure on the 70’s Studio club scene in New York, became a household name in 1962 when Jackie Kennedy wore on of his early pillbox hats to her husband’s inauguration. Learn More
Lilly Pulitzer’s designing career started with a juice stand in the ’50s in Palm Beach, Florida. She designed colorful sleeveless shift dresses to camouflage messy juice stains that became an instant hit! Her colorful and playful looks are still popular and around today. Learn More
Mr. Dino is perhaps a lesser-known master of getting it right and often compared to Emilio Pucci. Mr. Dino, also known as Max Cohen, started his fashion business in the late ‘50s. He scaled from a small warehouse to a large clothing-manufacturing factory in Miami. Fun fact: Max Cohen named his clothing line after his wife’s fondness of Dean Martin.
Learn more about these and many more designers from the Fashion Designer Encyclopedia.