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WHO IS Claude Montana

Claude Montana, ‘King of the Shoulder Pad’, is a French fashion designer known for defining the power-dressing-movement and for his razor-sharp tailoring. His company, The House of Montana, founded in 1979, sadly went bankrupt in 1997. Montana sold the company and the rights to his name to businessman Jean-Jacques Layani, who still has licenses for womenswear, menswear, and accessories. With the sale of the Claude Montana brand, his vintage sunglasses are highly sought after and available in limited quantities.

Born in Paris in 1949, Montana began his career by designing papier-mâché jewelry covered with rhinestones. Later, he moved on to working with leather and eventually became a leader in leather fashion and techniques.

His first fashion show was received with great praise and won him an immediate fan base. He favored bright colors and used them in a variety of luxurious materials such as cashmere, leather and silk. Montana’s designs were defined by bold, shoulder-heavy shapes, giving him the name “the king of the shoulder pad.” His unique and structural aesthetic turned his brand into a fashion powerhouse by the 1980s. In 1981, he launched Montana Hommes, and fragrances, for both women and men, weren’t far behind. During the 80s, Claude Montana secured a high profile position on the international fashion radar, and his talent for using a range of vivid colors and aggressive shapes put him at the forefront of high fashion.

With the more minimal aesthetic of the 1990s, Montana’s designs became less popular. He tried his hand at a more stripped-down commercial line, Montanan BLU, but sadly, line proved to be disastrous for the House of Montana and quickly went into bankruptcy soon after.

From 1990 to 1992 he designed haute couture collections for the House of Lanvin, receiving two consecutive Golden Thimble awards for his work. Despite critical acclaim, Montana's bold designs were financially disastrous for Lanvin, creating a total estimated loss of $50 million, and he was replaced by Dominique Morlotti. He reportedly hopes to return to fashion but recognizes that the business side of running a fashion house is not his forte.

Claude Montana vintage eyewear follows the same aesthetic as his 1980s clothing lines, using bold colors and unique structures. Aggressive shapes and vibrant colors define his immediately recognizable vintage sunglasses.

Claude Montana
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    Claude Montana

    88-518 042 $465.00

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    Claude Montana

    88-562 308 $455.00