Sunday, April 10, 2011

Where Have All The Designers Gone, Long Time Passing?

A 1987 LA Daily News Sunday Magazine cover featuring a design by David Cameron who was about the hottest designer in NewYork that year!
(Photo: Ernest Scmatolla)

I was musing the other day about some past "young designers" and other not so young designers I have known, met or heard about in past years. I wondered what happened to Michael Leva, Kenneth Richard, Jennifer George, Gordon Henderson and Charlotte Neuville? I used to shoot their shows for them. I remember the time when Marc Jacobs was called a "young designer". And, sadly, one of my favorite designers of the early 1990's was the very talented Carmelo Pomodoro who died of HIV. Also, how could I ever forget Pauline Trigere, a woman who truly was bigger than life.


A 1992 design from the collection of  Carmelo Pomodoro
(Model: Mariana Verkerk Photo: Ernest Schmatolla)

I posted the above on Facebook and got a note back from Jeffrey Felner, the long time columnist for The Daily Examiner. He has up on his site an exhaustive list of past well known and little known designers http://jeffybruce.blogspot.com/2011/04/designers-who-have-all-but-been.html Some of the names are of course very famous, some are actually still working in the business, but many are now little more than memories.


Gene Ewing 1989 Collection
(Model: Jan Strimple Photo: Ernest Schmatolla)

I actually came up with a few names that were not on his list. He then added them to it. I hope some of you will take a look at the list, and perhaps you too can add some more names - lest anyone be forgotten?

-Ernest Schmatolla

3 comments:

  1. I did my internship while @ FIT with Kenneth Richard. He had just gotten started. I remember he did his show at the Puck Building. The last I heard, he was doing some work with BCBG in Cali., but that was years ago.

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  2. Anonymous6:53 AM

    … Alexis Kirk is a stockbroker or something Wall Street-ish now. Morton Myles is retired and living in Phoenix, though he’s often in London, Monaco and just got back from Hawaii (cancelled his trip to Egypt), Albert Nipon’s name is misspelled … again … geez, a lot of these guys passed away in the mid-late 80s in the first big wave … Kenth Andersson isn’t in here … neither is Carmen Marc Valvo … Roger Baugh did elegant menswear … Tom McLellon is in India, designing menswear still … Adam Beall kind of disappeared … Barry Kieselstein (sp?) … Kenneth Jay Lane … who did Donna Karan’s jewelry in the beginning? Michael Katz is still at it … Robin Kahn came and went but had interesting jewelry designs … Adrienne Vittadini …George Samen (designed for Mollie Parnis) .. I’m quitting while I’m ahead … Anne Klein!!!!

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  3. Such a great article which It is used to shoot their shows for them.Remember the time when Marc Jacobs was called a "young designer". And, sadly, one of my favorite designers of the early 1990's was the very talented Carmelo Pomodoro who died of HIV. Also, how could It ever forget Pauline Trigere, a woman who truly was bigger than life. Thanks for sharing this article.

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