The son of a tailor, Emanuel Ungaro moved to Paris when he was 22 and began an apprenticeship for Cristobal Balenciaga. After three years, he left Balenciaga and moved to the brand Courréges. During his time working for both houses he honed his personal style and in 1965 he established his own label. In the late 1960s he was known as one of the “Space Age” designers, focusing on very modern and futuristic styles. Ungaro is also well known for flamboyant prints and colorful styles.