[Luxus Magazine] Claude Montana, the leading designer of the 80s

On Friday 23 February 2024, the fashion world lost one of its most famous designers of the 80s and 90s. A look back at the rich and tumultuous career of Claude Montana, who died at the age of 76.


He is part of the Palace generation, of those who have had as many successes as failures. And of those who gave birth to the extravagantly structured fashions that exaggerate women’s shapes. Claude Montana stands out for his characterful looks, where leather and raw, supple lines reign supreme.


Although the designer dressed fashionable celebrities in the 80s under his own label and joined Lanvin in the early 90s, his reputation gradually waned at the end of the century. He gradually withdrew from the world of fashion, but not without a hint of nostalgia. Let’s take a look back at the highlights of a career that deserves to be hailed.


An artistic vision built up over time


Born in Paris in 1947 to a Spanish father and a German mother, Claude Montana was quick to covet the world of costumes and wandered into the Opéra Garnier with his sister, despite his parents’ misgivings.


At the age of 20, the budding artist left for England where he began to really create. Not clothes, but jewellery. On his return to Paris, Claude Montana began selling fashion designs to various magazines, before joining the Mac Douglas brand. This was an important period in the designer’s life, which gave him a real appreciation of leatherwork and cut.


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Pauline Duvieu
Fashion, hotels, gastronomy, jewelry, beauty, design... Pauline Duvieu is a journalist specializing in luxury and the art of living. Passionate about the high-end spheres that arouse emotion, she loves to describe the creations of the houses and tell the stories of the talents she meets.

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