Although overtly recognized by its trademark check of red, black, white, and camel, Burberry is principally renowned for its innovation in waterproof clothing, rather than for the design of the lining material that traditionally lies beneath the outer gabardine cloth.
One of AmericaТs foremost designers in the second half of the twentieth century, Bonnie Cashin (1908 Ц 2000) was a pioneer in the sportswear industry, specializing in modular wardrobes for the modern woman Уon the go.Ф
Azzedine Alaïa was born in southern Tunisia in about 1940 to a farming family descended from Spanish Arabic stock. He was brought up by his maternal grandparents in Tunis and, at the age of fifteen, enrolled at lТÉcole des beaux-arts de Tunis to study sculpture.
André Courrèges was born in Pau, in the Basque part of France. He studied engineering before pursuing a career in fashion. Courrèges worked first under the illustrious couturier Cristobal Balenciaga from 1950 until 1961, when he left to open his own house.
The French firm of Louis Vuitton, making prestigious luggage and leather accessories since the middle of the 19th century, has been much overshadowed by its merger with Moët-Hennessey to become Moët-Hennessey Louis Vuitton (LVMH).
Rei Kawakubo was born in Tokyo in 1942, the daughter of a senior academic at Keio University. She studied fine art (both Japanese and Western) at Keio and, after graduating in 1964, joined the advertising department of the Japanese chemical company Asahi Kasei, which produced acrylic fabrics.
Giorgio Armani, one of the most authoritative names in Italian ready-to-wear design, was born in Piacenza, Italy, in 1934. He became interested in fashion in 1957, when he left the school of medicine at the University of Piacenza to become a buyer for the La Rinascete chain in Milan.
Born in 1895 in Guetaria (Getaria), a small fishing village on the tempestuous northern coast of Spain, Cristobal Balenciaga Eisaguirre (1895 Ц 1972) was to become, in his own lifetime, the most famous Spanish fashion designer of his generation.