Emanuel Ungaro Fashion Designer Information

The Emanuel Ungaro brand stands for flamboyant and elegant Fashion Designs

Emanuel Ungaro Fashion Designer Biography

Emanuel Ungaro is a well-praised French-born fashion designer, who’s designs are deemed as the ‘last grand couture’ of our times. Although he retired in 2005, from the world of fashion, his brand is still on the minds of Fashionistas around the world.

Early life of Emanuel Ungaro

  • Emanuel Ungaro was born on 13th February 1933, in Aix-en-Provence, France. Ungaro is born to Italian parents, who moved to France, during the uprising fascist in Italy in the 1930s.
  • His father presented young Emanuel with a toy sewing machine, hoping that Emanuel would follow in his footsteps. His father was a tailor.
  • Emanuel worked at his father’s clothing shop, and learned from his father.
  • At an age of 23 years , the young aspiring fashion designer set off to pursue a career in Fashion in Paris.


  • The career of Emanuel Ungaro gained momentum, when he was appointed as Cristobal Balenciaga‘s assistant in 1959.
  • After three years of working for the fashion giant – Balenciaga, Emanuel Ungaro had a fall out with Cristobal. Emanuel left Balenciaga and went on to collaborate with Andre Courreges for 2 years.
  • In 1965, with the help of Sonja Knapp and Nattier, Emanuel opened his first clothing store. Ungaro refused to display evening dresses at his debut show. He claimed designing evening dresses was not his fashion style and that he wanted to design for modern women.
  • Emanuel’s first 1966 spring/ summer collection with its vibrant colours and unique fabrics was a great success. In this collection he featured produced hard-edge dresses, using heavy fabrics.
  • Ungaro launched his first ready-to-wear collection in 1968, called Parallele.
  • In 1973, he launched his first men’s wear line, called Ungaro Uomo.
  • In the late 1970s, he mixed textures and prints, for which he is known for, today.
  • Ungaro launched his fragrance line, called Diva, in 1983, Senso in 1987 and Ungaro and Emanuel Ungaro for Men in 1991.
  • The French-born designer married Laura Bernabei in 1988 and had a daughter, Cosima Ungaro.
  • In 1996, Emanuel partnered with Salvatore Ferragamo. In the following year Ungaro, Ferragamo and Bulgari jointly opened a new company – Emanuel Ungaro Parfums. The company launched a range of fragrances Fleur de Diva (1997), Desnuda (2001) and Apparition (2004).
  • In 1998, Emanuel Ungaro launched a collection of footwear and handbags, which were produced by Salvatore Ferragamo.


Emanuel Ungaro is a Fashion Label, famous for its elegant, yet flamboyant designs. The designs are feminine and comfortable.


  • Emanuel Ungaro retired from the world of fashion in 2005 and sold his fashion house to Asim Abdullah for a staggering amount of 84 million US dollars. Asim swiftly appointed a new CEO – Mounir Moufarriage.
  • The Emanuel Ungaro fashion house appointed Esteban Cortazar as their head designer, in 2007.
  • In 2008, the company collaborated with Avon to launch a duo fragrance, U – for her and U – for him.
  • Cortazar was fired in 2009, because he refused to work with actress Lindsay Lohan. Lindsay later became Artistic Advisor.
  • Estrella Archs replaced Esteban Cortazar as head designer.
  • The company was reported to have made a turnover of 200 million US dollars in 2009.
  • Giles Deacon took over as creative director of the fashion house, in April 2010.


“I love that kind of wild attitude in creating things. It is very amusing to me that so many people, designers, creators are trying to remake the ’60s. I did (it) at the beginning, just for sort of mockery but gentle mockery,”


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