Dress and shorts, Emmanuel Ungaro

Dress and shorts, Emmanuel Ungaro

Dress and shorts
Emmanuel Ungaro (born 1933)
About 1968
Machine sewn gabardine
Museum no. T.316&A-1978

This daywear ensemble, designed by Emanuel Ungaro (1933–), is composed of a knee-length dress and a pair of shorts. Made from printed gabardine, showing abstract motifs in orange, white and brown, the dress has a small round collar and long sleeves. The matching shorts are worn under the dress and are not visible.

Born in France to Italian parents. Ungaro trained as a tailor, and then worked for Balenciaga and Courreges, whose influence is particularly evident here, and who was the first designer to introduce this concept in the mid-1960s. Ungaro’s interpretation manifests itself through bold prints, which became the designer’s hallmark.