Paris, 23 December 2019 (dpa/MIA) – Fashion designer Emanuel Ungaro has died aged 86 in Paris, his fashion house confirmed on Sunday.
“The house he founded in 1965 and which still bears his name today mourns this couturier, [an] immense talent,” Ungaro said in an Instagram post. “He will remain in our memories as the master of sensuality, colour and flamboyance.”
Ungaro, who retired from fashion in 2004, had seen his health decline for two years, his family told the French news agency AFP. He died on Saturday.
The fashion designer moved to Paris in 1956 to train with Spanish fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga after learning the basics from his father, who was a tailor. He opened his own label in 1965.
Ungaro built up his fashion line over the years, including the addition of perfume and glasses, before his label was bought out by the Ferragamo luxury goods company family in 1996, according to AFP.
He was married and had one daughter, the news agency reported.