Fashion Biography

Angelo Tarlazzi, Fashion Designer

Fashion Designer Angelo Tarlazzi (born in Ascoli, Italy) was nineteen years old when, continuing his studies in political science at the faculty of Rome, he created his first collection for the roman couture house, Carosa. Coming to Paris in 1965, he was employed at Jean Patou as assistant to the then head of couture, Michel Goma. Three years later, he was an independant stylist in New York, Paris, Rome, and Milan where he quickly learnt the ropes of industrialised ready to wear. During this period, he contributed to the style of up and coming ready to wear establishments like Laura Biagiotti or Basile. In 1972, he returned to Paris to become, after Michel Goma"s departure, the artistic director for Jean Patou couture, ready to wear and accessories.

Two seasons later, for the show"s finale, he created four evening gowns by draping and knotting silk scarves around the models in the form of a simple pareo. Widely applauded by fashion editors, these kerchief dresses, making a second appearance in later collections as trousers, skirts or capes, met with considerable success in the press and formed a style qualified as both sobre and spirited. In April 1977, Angelo Tarlazzi created his own ready to wear line and his first presentation was held in an art gallery. His evening gowns, simple sequined dresses pulled over the head like T shirts, could be seen at all the fashionable gatherings and every magazine heralded his fabric as supple, feminine and colourful.

Often qualified as the most Parisian of the Italian creators, he also knows how to design silks which are at once playful, sexy and of ample proportions. Designated by Guy Laroche, shortly before his death, as his successor in haute couture, Angelo Tarlazzi took up the offer from 1989 to 1993, while continuing to direct his own house.

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