Balaclava

The balaclava is a type of hat created for protection against the cold. The Battle of Balaclava happened during the Crimean War in 1854 in the region of Balaclava. An entire British brigade was commanded to attack the Russian army, which largely outnumbered it, setting up a major historic event called the Charge of the […]

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Azulay, Simão

Simão Azulay was a fashion designer from Pará, Brazil. He was born in 1950 and died in 1988 due to complications of AIDS. He was the brother of fashion designer David Azulay, of the Blue Man band, and father of fashion designer Thomaz Azulay, of The Paradise brand. He had a great impact on Brazilian […]

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Jet

The Black Amber or Jet is a stone found in Whitby, on the Yorkshire coast, in England. It is extracted from the decay of wood or coal and it is used from the construction of statues to the manufacture of jewelry. In the 19th century, it became popular after being associated with mourning jewelry, but […]

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Azagury, Jacques

Jacques Azagury is a Moroccan fashion designer born in 1958. He moved with his family to London when he was just six years old. There, he studied at the London College of Fashion and at St. Martins School of Art during the early 1970s. In 1978, he presented his first show in Harper’s & Queen […]

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Avedon, Richard

Richard Avedon was a Jewish New York photographer born on May 15th, 1923. He began his involvement with photography at age 12 when he became a member of the “Camera Club” of the Hebrew Young Men Association. At school, he edited the school magazine “The Magpie” with his friend James Baldwin, who would later contribute […]

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Augustabernard

Augusta Bernard was a French fashion designer born in Provence in 1886. She started her career by copying the dresses of other designers, and her first studio was in Biarritz, France. In 1922, she moved to Paris, where she opened her new studio on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and decided to merge her first and […]

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Astrakhan

Astrakhan is the skin of the KaraKul lamb, which is originally from Russia. The astrakhan fabric was widely used in the making of cuffs, collars and hats until the 19th century. In the 20th century, the term astrakhan started being used for both lambskin and new synthetic fabrics that mimic that skin. Currently, the astrakhan fabric […]

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Ashley, Laura

Laura Ashley was a Welsh stylist who was born in 1925 and died in 1985, she started her company from scratch with her husband Bernard Ashley. Bernard and Laura met when she still worked as a secretary and he as a stockbroker. They got married in 1949 and soon had two of their four children. […]

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Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau (New Art in French) is an art school that took place during the second half of the 19th century until the beginning of the 20th century, a period known in Europe as Belle Époque. The style is considered a full art style, as it covers several artistic areas such as architecture, furniture, decoration, […]

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