Claude Montana (b.1949) is a French Fashion Designer.
Montana’s career in fashion began almost accidentally; he moved to London in the early 1970s “to escape studying,” having no plans and no work visa. Raising money by selling rhinestone-studded papier mache jewellery, he met a Vogue editor by happenstance and had his work featured in the magazine. As a result of his success in London, he was able to extend his stay there by a year, and upon his return to Paris he found work as a freelance designer for the leather company MacDouglas, whose owner’s wife had requested more opulent creations. From these humble beginnings, Montana went on to become a major player in the French and international ready-to-wear industry, designing for companies like Complice and Cadette in Italy and Ferrer y Sentis in Spain.
Montana is best known for his leatherwork, which features bold and innovative uses of cut, texture, and colour. To create his looks, he favours bold hues like black, red, and grey and draws influence from traditional menswear elements like broad shoulders and boxy cuts. His most incredible skill is his ability to make traditionally masculine shapes appear strong and alluring to women.
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