Gianfranco Ferre is Now a Spirit in the Sky

June 18th, 2007 // 6 Comments

The former Christian Dior director sadly passed away Friday at the young age of 62. Ferre suffered a brain hemorrhage that doctors attempted rectify. The hemorrhage followed a health history of diabetes and 2 strokes.

The fashion world has lost a true diamond. Gianfranco walked amongst the ranks of well respected designers. Donatella Versace and Giorgio Armani have released statements of their grief. Armani, clearly upset, fought emotion stating “I particularly admired him for his coherence and the intellectualism and artistry upon which he based his fashion philosophy until the end.”

His designs were impeccable. He managed to create lines that were both practical and relaxed, while making use of crisp tailored looks. Gianfranco will be dearly missed.

By Cara Harrington
  1. td9295

    Before he left(got fired from) Dior, he left the legacy of the gorgeous handbag that Princess Diana made famous. His designs took my breath away. Ferre designed evening gowns for Liza Minnelli and Oprah Winfrey. He was overlooked for being not as handsome as Armani and Valentino, not as sexy as Versace and D&G nor as humorous as Moschino. I really hope there is a book on his work because he was so good. His white shirts were constructed and tailored to make you take over corporations. As you can tell, I will miss him.

  2. A very sad day for fashion. Ferre will surely go down as a fashion legend.

  3. C. Scahffer

    I am so distraught and upset by this news. Several weeks ago we lost probably my favourite journalist and style icon in the world today, Isabella Blow, and now we’ve lost Gianfranco. This is just too much. He was such a fantastic designer, but unfortunately never reached the level of fame his Italian counterparts received, which was really sad because he was so talented. Him and Isabella will go down as legends and mavericks and icons, another very sad day for the world of fashion.

  4. Claire

    He wasn’t as talked-about as Versace or Galliano, but his designs were always about making the wearer both feminine and powerful. His cutting technique and use of color were legendary. He will be missed.

    And only 62?! Goodness.

  5. Claire

    He wasn’t as talked-about as Versace or Galliano, and I never understood why. His designs were always about making the wearer look both feminine and powerful. His cutting technique and use of color, gemstones and fabrics were legendary. He will be missed.

    And only 62?! Goodness.

  6. Gina

    He held a degree in Architecture, which explains why his creations were so meticulously designed.

    I’m from Italy. Over here he was just as famous as Armani, Valentino, Versace, D&G, Cavalli. Supposedly he had a lesser international recognition because he didn’t spend much time schmoozing and kissing up to American celebs.

    He’ll surely be missed.

    R.I.P:

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