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...Gianfranco Ferré was born in Legnano, near Milan, in 1944 and graduated in architecture from the Milan polytechnic in 1969. During his time as a student, Ferré began to design and make accessories and jewelry by hand; these caught...
...Footage Referenced Dries van Noten, Spring/Summer 2001 Dries van Noten, Autumn/Winter 1997 Dries van Noten, Spring/Summer 2000Introduction An original member of the avant-garde Antwerp Six, Belgian designer Dries van Noten celebrated thirty...
...Born in 1938 in Hiroshima, Japan, Miyake studied graphic design at Tama Art University before leaving in 1964 to study in Paris at the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. In 1966 he began work in haute couture for Guy...

Junya Watanabe

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...Junya Watanabe was born in Fukushima, Japan in 1961. Watanabe graduated from Bunka Fashion College, Tokyo, in 1984. He began his career by working for Rei Kawakubo, owner, founder, and designer at Comme des Garçons, as a pattern maker...

Kenzo Takada

Designer biography

...Kenzo Takada was born in February of 1939 in Himeji, Japan, and raised by his parents in their machiai (tea house). He began his formal fashion design education in 1958 as one of the first men accepted into the Bunka College of Fashion...

Anna Sui

Designer biography

...Anna Sui is an American designer of Chinese origin (born in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, USA in 1955). She takes a “mix and match” approach to her heritage, modifying Chinese clothing traditions to fit international fashion tastes...
...Born on 8 February 1944, Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto was at the forefront of contemporary Japanese fashion during the 1970s and 1980s. He has pushed the boundaries of traditional fashion presentation on the runway, ultimately...
...Footage Referenced Yohji Yamamoto, Spring/Summer 1989 Yohji Yamamoto, Spring/Summer 1991 Yohji Yamamoto, Spring/Summer 1993 Yohji Yamamoto, Autumn/Winter 1996Origins Yohji Yamamoto is considered one of the world’s master garment designers...
...Costume National is a fashion label established by Ennio Capasa and his brother Carlo in Milan in 1986. Ennio Capasa, the design visionary behind the line, was born in Puglia, Lecce, Italy in 1960 and traveled to Japan as a teenager before...
...Footage Referenced John Galliano, Spring/Summer 1993 Christian Dior, Autumn/Winter 1997Introduction Since its birth in China during the 1900s, the cheongsam or qipao has been a source of great inspiration for fashion designers around...