Milestones Jul. 2, 2007


HE DID HOLD A DEGREE in architecture, but Gianfranco Ferré's nickname, "the Architect of Fashion," was more a comment on his bold lines and structured, sophisticated designs. With his pronounced seams and modern white dress shirts, the influential Italian designer famously broke through the doors of French couture in 1989 when he became the rare foreign stylistic director for Christian Dior. (Of the flap he caused among traditionalists, he said, "Luckily my French wasn't that bad.") Ferré died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage a week before his 2008 spring-summer collection was to be unveiled in Milan. He was 62.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!