Claude Montana’s fashion comeback

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Whether you recognise the name Claude Montana or not, you’ll be familiar with his work: the aggressive, 80s power woman? She’s Montana’s – a vision also championed by his fashion-world peers Thierry Mugler and Azzedine Alaia.

And now, the ‘king of the shoulder pad’ is back.

Montana has kept a relatively low profile in fashion circles having sold his company in 1997 but yesterday, his first creations to hit the catwalk since 2002 appeared as part of Eric Tibusch’s autumn/winter 2013 couture show.


‘Eric Tibusch’s was a nice proposition inasmuch as it concerned a small number of models; that’s why I accepted,’ Montana, who was credited as C.M. for his contribution to the collection in the show notes and sat front-row for the proceedings, told WWD.

‘I designed three models that we just about succeeded with. It was difficult; it was difficult to plunge back into this whole story.’

It was for the assembled audience to attribute Montana’s handwriting to the models in question but, difficulties aside, it’s given food for though to the man who won two consecutive Golden Thimble awards for his couture in the 90s.

His response when asked whether we’ll be seeing more of him – and his work – on the fashion scene?

‘Watch this space.’

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