Oct 06, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Gianfranco Ferré, the Italian designer once dubbed by WWD as â€œthe Frank Lloyd Wright of fashionâ€ for his architecturally influenced silhouettes, died last night of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 62. Ferré began his career in 1969 with an architecture degree (weirdly common amongst designers) and first worked alongside Walter Albini, designing costume jewelry and accessories before opening his own house in 1978. Ferré was known for his tailored, almost gender-bending designs for women, and was especially fond of experimenting with suits and white shirts. A full menswear line made its debut in 1982, a move that made sense for a designer whose womenswear was so strongly influenced by the powerfully classic looks of menâ€™s fashion. Along with Giorgio Armani, Ferré was an important part of Milanâ€™s renaissance in the Eighties and into the Nineties, helping turn the Italian city into the absolute center of fashion, if only for a hot minute. Ferré scandalized the fashion world in 1989 when he was appointed Creative Director of the notoriously French house of Christian Dior, but was gradually accepted as a talented designer (who just happened to be Italian). No word yet as to a successor for this larger than life character, who will surely be missed in the world of fashion and beyond.
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