(August 15, 1944 – June 17, 2007) was a fashion designer
also known as "the architect of fashion" for his background
and his original attitude toward creating fashion design.
Born in Legnano, Italy, he received a degree in architecture
in 1969 at the Politecnico di Milano university. In 1983, he
joined Domus Academy as founding Professor of the Department
of Fashion Design. Ferré began his fashion career in 1970 by
designing accessories, then worked as a raincoat designer in
He started his own company Baila in 1974 and launched his
signature collection for women in 1978. His first men's
collection appeared in 1982, followed in 1986 by his first
couture collection in Rome. Ferré became Stylistic Director
Christian Dior in Paris in 1989, when he was chosen by
owner Bernard Arnault to replace Marc Bohan.
In 1996, it was announced that Ferré would end his
engagement with Dior with the Spring 1997 collection for the
label. His own label is more relaxed and pared-down than
Dior. Sophisticated white shirts have become the symbol of
his personal signature in fashion design.
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