Emilio Pucci was born in 1914 into one of Florence’s oldest noble families. How cool is it that he went from being noble to inventing these awesome prints? The first clothes Pucci designed were for the Reed College skiing team. But his designs came to wider attention in 1947, when he designed ski-wear for a female friend was photographed by Toni Frissell, a photographer working for Harper’s Bazaar. Before the war, Pucci’s sleek designs caused a sensation, and he received several offers from American manufacturers to produce them.
Initially, Pucci produce a swimwear line in 1949, but soon moved onto other items such as brightly colored, boldly patterned silk scarves. Stanley Marcus of Neiman Marcus encouraged him to use the designs in blouses and then a popular line of wrinkle-free printed silk dresses. By the early 1950s, Pucci was achieving international recognition, receiving the Neiman-Marcus Award in Dallas and the Burdine’s Sunshine Award in Miami. By the 1960s Pucci was further thrust into greater status when Marilyn Monroe became a fan. She was photographed by George Barris in a number of his items in what would be some of her final photographs. She was buried in one of his dresses. As the decade progressed his designs were worn by everyone from Sophia Loren to Jackie Kennedy. And latter day pop icons such as Madonna in the early 1990s.
After Emilio’s death in 1992 his daughter, Laudomia Pucci, continued to design under the Pucci name. The French Louis Vuitton-Moet-Hennessy Group luxury goods empire acquired 67% of Pucci in 2000. The fashion house produces ready-to-wear clothes and accessories for women, in addition to a small range of men’s accessories.
:: What I Wore ::
Dress :: Pucci Dress available at Encore Plus
Bracelets :: J.Crew, Bauble Bar, American Eagle, Lilly Pulitizer
Ring :: Jewel Mint Ring
Purse :: Never Full from Louis Vuitton (discounted authentic LV bags available at Bag, Borrow, or Steal)
Nails :: Little Brown Dress by Essie
Shoes :: Nine West Nude Wedge Sandals
Hair :: c/o Salon Verde (check out my review here)
A special thanks to Salon Verde cutting and styling my hair and to Encore Plus for supplying the awesome Pucci dress!