Sabbatical Entertainment’s exclusive original documentary admires Christian Dior, the famous French fashion designer whose post–World War II creations were wildly popular and whose legacy continues to influence the fashion industry.
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Chanel famously changed the “how men dressed woman” to “how woman wished to dress themselves”, epitomised by the classic Chanel Suit and the “Little Black Dress”. By 1917, Chanel owned five properties on the fashionable rue Cambon, which now covered clothes, hats, accessories, jewellery and fragrance and it had employed over 4,000 people. World War II forced Chanel to close all her shops, and she received special permission to stay in her apartment at the Hotel Ritz.
Christian Dior, born in 1905 always had an eye for arts. He had a small art gallery which included works by Picasso, and worked as an illustrator at Figaro Illustré. In 1937, Robert Piguet, accepted Dior’s designs for his own collections. In 1946 Dior opened his own fashion house. His first collection, “Corolle”, was re-coined “New Look” by Harper’s Bazaar.
One of the most acclaimed fashion designers in the world, Karl Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg, Germany. While he's never revealed his true birthday, it's been reported he was born September 10, 1933. Known for his bold designs and constant reinvention, he's been hailed in Vogue magazine as the "unparalleled interpreter of the mood of the moment.
One of the most well-known and outspoken fashion designers in the world, Stella McCartney launched her career in 1995, when friends and supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss modeled her clothes at her college graduation. She received the VH1/Vogue Designer of the Year Award in 2000. In 2012, McCartney designed the clothing for Great Britain's Olympic team.
Born in 1946 in Reggio di Calabria, Italy, Gianni Versace became one of the top fashion designers of the 1980s and '90s. He launched his first clothing line in Milan, Italy, in 1978. In 1989, Versace debuted his first couture collection. He continued to add to his fashion empire, expanding into home furnishings and perfumes. Throughout his career, Versace designed for such high-profile figures as Madonna, Princess Diana, Elton John and Tina Turner.
In 1961 Yves Saint Laurent was launched and he became a leader in fashion for the next two decades, with his safari Jackets, tight trousers, thigh high boots and the tuxedo for women known as Le Smoking. He was the first to use ethnic models and first to democratize fashion world with is launch of Rive Gauche.
"First off, I am immortal and my life motto is: it begins with me and ends with me," is how he opens one of the interviews for the film, not without a little irony. One of the most recognisable men on the planet, Karl Lagerfeld was arguably the most famous German of our time. His ponytail and sunglasses have conquered the world. Yet, little is known about the person, about the man behind the façade that was Karl Lagerfeld. What was he like? What inspired him?