Fashion designer Emanuel Ungaro died in Paris

Italian-born French fashion designer Emanuel Ungaro has died at the age of 86 in Paris. His relatives told France-Presse (AFP)

Ungaro began his creative activity in the late 50s of the XX century, working in the fashion house of Cristobal Balenciaga. He opened his Studio in 1965, creating the first collection of futuristic design, which was a success. His style then was characterized by the use of printed fabrics, bright colors, and draperies.

In the 1980s, Ungaro was one of the top five fashion designers in Paris. Its head shop was located on the Avenue Montaigne in Paris, next to the boutiques of the most famous brands. Among his clients were, among others, Jacqueline Kennedy, Catherine Deneuve, and Isabelle Adjani.

In 1996, Ungaro sold a controlling stake in the Italian company Ferragamo to ensure the wider development of the brand. The fashion designer ceased operations in 2004. As reported by the Agency France-Presse, Ungaro did not feel well during the last two years of his life.