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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Ted Lapidus (1929-2008)

Ted Lapidus, the fashion designer who redefined chic with the 1960s unisex look, died recently aged 79. Lapidus democratized “French elegance and classicism” and made fashion accessible to men and women in the street. He created his label in 1951 and swept the international fashion scene for the next two decades with his modernist approach to simple lines, such the iconic sandy-coloured safari suit for men. The poet of French couture as he was often referred to was born in Paris in 1929. A large part of his success was his realisation there was an untapped market for the twenty-year-old baby boomers.

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