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Claude Montana, Fashion Designer

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Fashion Designer Claude Montana was born in 1949 in Paris to a German mother and Catalanian (Spanish) father. At an early age, he traveled to London (1971) and began his career by designing papier mache jewelry encrusted with rhinestones. He soon returned to Paris, where he designed biker"s leathers for the MacDouglas leather company (1972). In 1973, he designed a ready to wear leather collection in collaboration with Michelle Costas.

Montana"s own ready to wear company was founded in 1979, and two years he later presented his first collection, Hommes Montana. He opened his first boutique in Paris in 1983, and another in 1986. The Montana Fragrances Company was created in 1984.

Montana designed haute couture for the House of Lanvin 1990 92, where he won two consecutive Golden Thimble awards. Unfortunately, his designs were considered too bold for the more traditional Lanvin customer, and Montana was replaced by Dominique Morlotti. Lanvin was unable to produce another successful haute couture collection.

Montana, who greatly admired Mme.Gres (1910 1993) as a couturiere, specializes in strong colors, monochromatic fabrics, and lots of leather and wool. His classic and structural pantsuits feature razor sharp tailoring and strong silhouettes with dramatic proportions. In addition to his own lines, Montana currently designs men"s wear for Complice, an Italian company.

Montana married long time friend Wallis Franken in 1993.

He is a member of the Chambre Syndicale du Pret a Porter, the French trade association for the fashion industry.

Selected Products
Hommes Montana, since 1981
State of Claude Montana (diffusion sportswear), since 1992

Selected Awards
Golden Thimble Award (1991), for Lanvin Winter "91 haute couture collection

Golden Thimble Award (1992), for Lanvin Summer "92 haute couture collection
Prix Medicis (1989), for Parfum d"Homme
Fragrance Foundation Award (1990), for Parfum d"Elle

Economic Data
Economic data on Claude Montana is scarce.

Ready to wear clothing is produced in license by the Italian clothing manufacturer Gruppo G.F.T., Turin. His licenses include knitwear, furs, leatherwear, shoes, ties and scarves, belts, and eyewear.

more background:

CLAUDE MONTANA, founded in 1979

When he was 20 years old, Claude MONTANA designed a jewelry collection. Succes and notoriety come immediately.
Then he discovers the leather work and its technique. He gets passionately fond of this material and becomes a real alchemist in this field.
In 1976, his first fashion show is a crushing success.
He is an inspired colorist and works essentialy plain colors associated with noble materials like cashmere, leather or silk. His favorite colors are the Klein blue, the Etruscan red, black, navy but also the sandy colors, the greys and all the metallic tones
In 1979 he creates his own company.
In 1981 he designs his first collection for men : MONTANA Hommes.
Superfluity is eliminated and each detail gets its importance . The MONTANA precision imposed itself on the selection of fabrics and the proposed colors scheme. A genuine elegance, a certain jauntiness it is the masculine elegance of MONTANA.
In 1985, his glamourous and elegant fashion is rewarded by the Best Women"s Collection Oscar at the Paris Opera.
In 1987, he receives the Best European Designer Oscar in Munch‘n.
In 1989, he gets the Balenciaga Price of the Best Designer, in Madrid.

Perfectionism and exigency define the MONTANA collections.
He gets a worlwide recognition thanks to his purified and structured shapes, his architectured cuts.
The MONTANA look blows up. Consecration will come thanks to the Haute Couture.

In 1990, he designs his first Haute Couture collection for LANVIN.
His collections will be rewarded by two consecutives Gold Timbles in 1991 and 1992, for the first time in the History of the Haute Couture. MONTANA enters into the Legend.
In 1999, Claude MONTANA designs a MONTANA BLU collection for women, more affordable. It is inspired by the Designer"s favorite themes in order to develop a sportswear and citywear style.
The association of tecnical fabrics with plain colors and printed materials, together with elaborated shapes gives to this line a young and modern look associated with today cool attitude : a true MONTANA signature.

Passionated for Contemporary Art, sculpture and painting are inexhaustible inspiration sources. Since Claude MONTANA has always been searching for perfection and refinement, he makes the Woman beautiful and conquering.

Activities and Brands

Women"s ready to wear Claude Montana
Montana Blu.
Men"s ready to wear Claude Montana :
Accessories Shoes, glasses, jewellery, watches, scarves, ties, belts, leather goods,fur.
Perfumes :
Parfum de peau
Suggestion eau d"or
Suggestion eau d"argent
Suggestion eau cuivree
Just me
Parfums d"homme
Montana blu

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