Graziella Fontana

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Graziella Fontana is a Genoese[1] Italian fashion designer who was active in the London Mod fashion scene in the 1960s and early 1970s.[2] One of her designs, a hotpants suit in check Liberty cotton, was chosen as the Dress of the Year in 1971.

Fontana worked for a number of manufacturers and design houses in France and Britain during the 1960s and early 1970s, including Chloé, where she was a co-designer with Karl Lagerfeld from 1965 to 1972.[3][4] Although Italian, and associated with the French house of Chloé, she was also listed alongside Ossie Clark and Foale and Tuffin as one of "England's young mod designers".[2] She also designed for the Italian fashion house Max Mara in the mid-1960s,[5] the Scottish knitwear brand Lyle & Scott,[6] and the English designer Judy (Judith) Hornby, for whom the Dress of the Year hot-pants outfit was created.[7] Fontana was particularly known for her sharply tailored suits.[4]


  1. ^ "Unknown title". Courier: Fact, Fiction, Art, Satire. Norman Kark Publications Ltd. 41. 1963. 
  2. ^ a b Byrne, Julie (May 5, 1968). "MINI LOOK Mod Styles for Swinging Set". Los Angeles Times.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Chloe - Voguepedia". Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Drake, Alicia (2012). The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781408835944. 
  5. ^ Evans, Christopher Huw; Blanchard, Paul (1987). Gloria Bianchino, ed. Italian fashion volume 2. Milano: Electa. ISBN 9780847808908. 
  6. ^ "Unknown title". Country Fair. Norman Kark Publ. 37. 1969. The colours selected by Graziella Fontana, designer for Lyle & Scott, are excitingly different... 
  7. ^ "Dress of the Year 1970-1979". Fashion Museum, Bath. Retrieved 22 January 2013.