PARIS — Emanuel Ungaro said Thursday that designer Peter Dundas had departed, confirming a report in WWD.
“We thank him for his contribution and we remain fully committed to continuing the legacy of the house,” said Ungaro president and chief executive officer Mounir Moufarrige.
Moufarrige declined to give a timetable for naming a successor, but suggested the change in design direction would not disrupt the company.
“There’s a great team in the studio working,” he said.
Moufarrige is known for taking his time in selecting designers, and for making bold choices. When he was president of Chloé, Moufarrige made waves in 1997 by replacing Karl Lagerfeld with Stella McCartney, then a relatively little-known 25-year-old fashion fledgling.
It is understood management and the designer did not see eye to eye on the creative direction of the French brand, founded in 1965.
Ungaro has had a rocky time on the road to rejuvenation, and has gone through three women’s wear designers since the retirement of its founding couturier in 2005. The house also underwent an ownership change in 2005 when high-tech entrepreneur Asim Abdullah bought the brand from Ferragamo Group. Moufarrige also recently named a new designer, Frank Boclet, to rev up Ungaro’s men’s business.
In a statement, Dundas said, “I want to thank the House of Ungaro and say I am proud to have worked alongside the wonderfully talented people there and wish the company continued success.”
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast