Martin Margiela is a notoriously private person. There are very few photos of him on the web. Margiela waits backstage behind the catwalk and moves covertly through events thrown to honor him. Margiela only responds to faxes.
He is a true artist, there are few designers that can provoke passionate, disparate reactions from fans and critics. The counter culture attitude with which Margiela challenges the fashion industry, cherishes anonymity and shuns fame is one that has inversely created a mythology elevating his celebrity.
Dior continued to receive offers from fashion houses, however he wanted to build his own empire. The success of Balmain’s 1945 launch emboldened Dior, and in December of 1946, he quietly opened his fashion house. For two months Dior worked on his first collection. On February 12th he stunned the world with his “New Look.” The collection was a fresh return to opulence, with sculpted lines, full skirts, wasp waists, and yards and yards of silk.
Ricci worked intimately with each garment, pleating and pulling until she was satisfied. Although she sketched and drew patterns, she preferred to work directly on a mannequin. When she had finished perfecting her vision, she would send the prototype garment off to her seamstresses for the next step in production. Ricci was a designer who understood her clients needs and accommodated to their lifestyles without withholding style and substance.
After graduating with a degree in Japanese Literature from Tokyo’s Woman’s Christian University, Hanae Mori married her husband Ken Mori, whose family owned a textile mill. She began taking classes at a dressmaking school, honing her skills. In 1951, at the age of 26 and shortly after delivering her first child, Mori opened her fashion house.
Jeanne Lanvin began working in fashion at a very young age, first as an errand girl at a dressmakers, then later as an apprentice milliner. In 1885, at the age of 18, she gathered her savings and opened her first store in rue du Marche Saint Honore in 1885. This small millinery workshop would be Lanvin’s first stepping stone in the creation of a fashion empire that endures till this day.
On November 22th, 2017, We’re opening our collection of vintage, antique, rare, historical, amazing, breathtaking fashion for the world to see and acquire!