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Emilio Pucci di Barsento, “Prince of Prints,” was born in Naples in1914. Emilio moved to the University of Georgia for further studies after spending two years at the Milan University.
Emilio Pucci was a member of the Olympic ski team for Italy in 1934. Pucci won a scholarship for skiing in 1937 to the Reed College in Oregon. Here, Emilio Pucci majored in social sciences and two years later received his MA in 1939. Pucci first venture in designing was by designing uniforms for a ski team. Though born into an aristocratic family Emilio Pucci was the first to work in about 1000 years. Every work of Pucci was signed by him as ‘Emilio.’
Emilio Pucci was the Creator and his Creations
As a high school student itself, Pucci was a keen sportsman. In 1947, after the Second World War, Emilio was photographed wearing a ski pants that were designed by himself. Toni Frissell photographed him on the Italian ski slopes. Drawn by the beauty and style, a popular magazine requested him to design some clothes for women that could be used in winter. The designs were published by the same magazine and this enabled Pucci to make an enormous sale of his collection in many stores in New York.
Emilio first fashion show was held in Florence in 1951. Pucci had a special liking and reputation for vividly colored sporting and relaxed daywear. Emilio Pucci dresses were mostly of silk jersey that was light weight, wrinkle free and very comfortable. ‘It is like wearing nothing at all,’ exclaimed Diana Vreeland on Emilio clothes.
Emilio Pucci married Cristina Nannini in 1959. The same year, their daughter Alessandra was born. In 1961, their second daughter Laudomia was born. As homage to Jacqueline Kennedy, Emilio first haute couture collection was displayed in 1962.
Tapered trousers, shorts, Capri pants, resort dresses, shirts, silk blouses, casual suits and slacks etc were produced in the 60′s. A range of other items like under wears, swim wears and sweaters were also produced in the same season for the US manufacturers. Emilio Pucci well defined prints and vivid colors were his signature on the clothes he designed and these led way for a color rich revolution.
- Winter 2012/13 Arrivals: Emilio Pucci Lace Gown (splashstudio.typepad.com)
- Emilio Pucci Roscone Print T-Back Top: Love It or Hate It? (fabsugar.com)