Blast from the Past: Claude Montana

November 9th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Looking back on the season that was and some of the runway proportion plays, we started to think back to the larger than life silhouettes of the 1980s. Back when a shoulder pad was de rigueur you couldn’t open up a fashion magazine without seeing the incredible designs of Claude Montana. Focusing on exquisite construction, luxurious materials and of course shape, Montana’s eponymous label flourished from 1979 until 1997, and for two years in the early nineties he even held down the reigns at Lanvin and yes there was life before Alber.

The amount of designers who namecheck Montana as an inspiration is staggering, the late Alexander McQueen cited him as a primary influence and numerous others owe a great deal to Montana’s inventive spirit. Take a trip back to the past with a glimpse at some incredible House of Montana pieces, as worn by top models of the era. The clothes may be over 20 years old, but notice how relevant and modern they still seem – the ruffled skirt on the red suit wouldn’t seem out of place on this season’s Balenciaga runway, the oversized shearling jacket would work with today’s Rag & Bone and that dramatic white column for Lanvin, could appear on any red carpet today and be completely refreshing.

Jenny Howarth by Paolo Roversi for Montana, 1986

Jenny Howarth by Paolo Roversi for Montana 1988

Linda Evangelista in Montana in American Vogue, 1987

Annelisse Seubert in Montana, 1992

Linda Evangelista by Paolo Roversi for Lanvin S/S 90, by Montana

Karen Mulder by Paolo Roversi for Lanvin by Montana, 1991

Claudia Mason on the cover of British Vogue in Montana, 1993

 

Emma Sjoberg in Elle by Gilles Bensimon, 1991

Emma Sjoberg in Montana 1992 ads

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The Dance

November 17th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Will Davidson takes things to the next level in the latest issue of Twin with an inspired dance themed editorial styled by Naomi Miller. The dark and dramatic story has Claudia Mason and a team of dancers twisting and turning themselves into knots for a series of poses that push their boundaries; the expressive (and flexible) team makes for a truly engaging story.

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Surprise, Surprise

August 18th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Vogue Russia is full of surprises… Willy Vanderperre‘s star-studded editorial features the return of 90s icon Claudia Mason, as well as the editorial debut of Brit headline maker Abbey Clancy. Styled by the incomparable Katie Grand, the story also features the red hot trio of Alessandra Ambrosio, Ana Beatriz Barros and Noemie Lenoir not to mention some of fall’s most scintillating shapes.


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