As we enter the first days of 2023, we invite you to join L’OFFICIEL and honor the lives and careers of some of the fashion revolutionaries we have lost in the past year.
In Memorian: Remembering 5 fashion monuments that died in 2022
André Leon Talley is a treasure of the fashion world. The legendary fashion editor passed away on January 18, 2022. He began his career at Brown University, studying French Literature. After graduating, he apprenticed with former Vogue editor Diana Vreeland.
From there, Talley began working at various publications — Interview Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, W, The New York Times, and Vogue. He was also the first person of color to serve as Creative Director and Editor-in-Chief for Vogue magazine.
Besides being an influential fashion journalist, he is also a best-selling author. In 2020, he was awarded the French Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his contributions to the country’s culture. The fashion legend is remembered for his encyclopedic knowledge of the entire industry, evident in his writings.
With a fusion of pop culture, curvy lines, and inverted triangles, Thierry Mugler revolutionized fashion and helped define the ’80s aesthetic. His clothes are so iconic. Popular favorites, from David Bowie, and Kim Kardashian to Cardi B. Mugler have elevated the level of a catwalk, combining music and fashion, and enhancing the performance of collections, making devices His designs were immediately celebrated around the world. Mugler went on to be appointed Artistic Director for Beyoncé’s I Am… World Tour, transforming Queen B into a female warrior in a jewel-encrusted gold leotard.
He is remembered for S&M’s association with couture and catwalk avant-garde. Rubber and belts are some of the staples of his designs, like the wetsuit he designed for Kim K at the 2019 Met Gala. The French designer is also known for recruiting. selected transgender models on her catwalk since the 1980s, ensuring to attract the attention of LGBTQ+ community members throughout her career. Mugler died on January 23, 2022.
Named the king of folds, Issey Miyake died on August 5, 2022. He is best known for his pleated clothes and iconic style for Steve Jobs—which he gifted to the tech legend. A black turtleneck, Levi’s 501 jeans and a pair of New Balance 991, items that eventually became the Silicon Valley tycoon’s uniform. With a career spanning more than 50 years, the Japanese designer has always treated his designs as “clothing” rather than “fashion”, moving away from the idea that his work must match trends.
Miyake is against fast fashion and the fashion cycle, instead promoting recycling because he wants people who bought his clothes 10 years ago to still be able to use his current designs. He sees technology not as a problem but as a solution to overproduction. He pioneered the idea of making clothes by cutting down on waste by using a single fabric tube and using a knitting machine. Today, some of his designs are permanent in museums, including the Museum of Modern Art.
Hanae Mori is a living legend of Japanese fashion, the first Asian woman to be admitted to the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Her signature designs include dresses decorated with butterflies. Mori has dressed some of the world’s most famous figures including Hilary Clinton, Grace Kelly, Bianca Jagger, and Princess Michiko. A pioneer in an industry dominated by white men, Mori brought Eastern fashion and asserted his designs as classics for Western consumers. Mori passed away on August 11, 2022.
After 60 decades of shaping the fashion industry, designer Vivienne Westwood died on December 29 at her home in London with her family at the age of 81. Westwood was known for her work at the forefront of the punk movement. his. Her store, SEX, is a hotbed for punk tops like the Sex Pistols, Chrissie Hynde, Siouxsie Sioux, etc.
In addition to fashion, Westwood is also an active political and climate activist. In a 2018 interview with L’OFFICIEL, Westwood said she always had a “political agenda”: “I used fashion to challenge the status quo.” She went on to explain: “Politics and climate change are one and the same.”
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