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Emanuel Ungaro was born of Italian parents, in France in 1933. Trained by his tailor father, Emanuel Ungaro went to Paris in 1955 to work for a small tailoring firm. In 1958 he secured a position with Balenciaga and became chief designer of the house in 1960.

Leaving Balenciaga in 1964 for a brief stint with Courreges, Ungaro then opened his own couture house, with only six other workers in 1965. Ungaro was at first known for his crisp space age tailoring which appealed primarily to the young. Over time, he became more renowned as a colourist, using softer, more fluid fabrics and layered garments. Ungaro Parallele, his pret-a-porter line was created in 1968.

Emanuel Ungaro retired in 2005 and sold his company. The label continued under various designers such as Peter Dundas and Esteban Cortazar, the latter of whom quit after the company hired actress Lindsey Lohan as artistic director in 2009. This arrangement was not a success, and in 2010 Giles Deacon was hired as creative director.

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from a mid 1960s dress ensemble - Courtesy of poppysvintageclothing

from a mid 1960s dress ensemble

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from a late 1960s skirt - Courtesy of Claire Shaeffer

from a late 1960s skirt

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from a 1970s dress  - Courtesy of antiquedress.com

from a 1970s dress

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from a 1970s dress and slip  - Courtesy of Claire Shaeffer

from a 1970s dress and slip

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from a 1970s dress  - Courtesy of Claire Shaeffer

from a 1970s dress

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from a late 1970s/early 1980s blouse  - Courtesy of joules

from a late 1970s/early 1980s blouse

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from a 1980s silk dress - Courtesy of Ranch Queen Vintage

from a 1980s silk dress

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from a 1980s blouse  - Courtesy of Claire Shaeffer

from a 1980s blouse

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from a 1980s jacket  - Courtesy of Claire Shaeffer

from a 1980s jacket

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from a 1980s dress - Courtesy of thespectrum

from a 1980s dress

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from a late 1980s jacket  - Courtesy of Claire Shaeffer

from a late 1980s jacket

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from a 1990s blouse - Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

from a 1990s blouse

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from a 1990s sweater - Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

from a 1990s sweater

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from a 1990s blazer - Courtesy of   ikonicvintage

from a 1990s blazer

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from a 1990s evening jacket  - Courtesy of Claire Shaeffer

from a 1990s evening jacket

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from a 1990s skirt  - Courtesy of Claire Shaeffer

from a 1990s skirt

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from 1990s pants  - Courtesy of Claire Shaeffer

from 1990s pants

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from a 1990s tie - Courtesy of AntiqueTrader

from a 1990s tie

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from a 2002 tie  - Courtesy of antiquetrader

from a 2002 tie

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