Geoffrey Beene, the American fashion designer born in
He entered New York's Traphagen School in 1947 to study
fashion for one year. 1948 he went to Paris attending the
Academie Julian, and l'Ecole de la Syndicate d'Haute
Couture, as well as sees his first French couture
collection, stunned by the wit and iconoclastic use of
colour of Elsa Schiaparelli. From 1948 till 1950 working for
Edward Molyneux, the great designer. He returned to New York
in 1951 and begins work with Mildred O'Quinn. Furthermore at
the same time he worked for Samuel Winston, and then he was
head designer at Harmay, a dress house on 7th Avenue. He
designed for Teal Traina, a major garment house, from 1954
to 1963. 1963 Geoffrey Beene set up his own house on 2nd
Avenue in New York and showed his first collection.
Beene developed a menswear business that led to a licence
agreement with Van Heusen for shirts. He also created
fragrances for men and women. 1976 Beene was the first
American designer to show his collections in Milan, Italy
followed up with Rome, Paris, Brussels and Vienna. 1989
Beene opened his retail shop on 5th Avenue in New York,
"Geoffrey Beene on the Plaza".
Geoffrey Beene passed away in 2004 but his brand lives
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