with hopes of relaunching the firm’s name. In 1950 he joined the fashion house of Lanvin. Lanvin had died in 1946 and the salon needed someone to maintain its traditions.
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Don Antonio Canovas del Castillo de Rey (13 December 1908 – 13 May 1984), known professionally as Antonio del Castillo, was a Spanish costume designer who won a Academy Award for the film Nicholas and Alexandra in for Best Costume Design during the 1971 Academy Awards along with Yvonne Blake.
In 1950, Castillo was invited by Jeanne Lanvin’s daughter to design for her mother’s firm in Paris, with hopes of relaunching the firm’s name. In 1950 he joined the fashion house of Lanvin. Lanvin had died in 1946 and the salon needed someone to maintain its traditions.
From 1950-62, the salon was known for elegant clothes, slender lines, long flowing skirts in rich fabrics, and elaborate embroideries. After a somewhat unexpected departure from Lanvin, in 1963 Castillo announced his plans to open up his own design house.
The mid to late 1960s was a period of economic and culture change worldwide, and high couture was declining with the rise of ready-to-wear and a more casual lifestyle. Castillo designed ready-to-wear collections for Zacari, Ltd., a Seventh Avenue manufacturer, and well as for the now-defunct department store Best & Co’s private label Miss Cosmopolitan.
These licensing deals, following Pierre Cardin’s lead, segued into Castillo launching his own couture house and boutique in January of 1964. (Source: New York Times Historical). He continued to create elegant clothes and elaborate costumes for private clients, the theatre and the moves.
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