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WATCH: Perry Ellis, A Legacy


A visual timeline on the American designer's lasting influence on fashion

Photo: Courtesy of Fairchild Photo Service

Perry Ellis is perhaps the most unsung of American designers. Before his untimely death in 1986, his influence in the late 1970s and '80s (a time dominated by disco and basic sportswear) was enough to be called "a turning point" in both men's and women's fashion.

In eight short years, Perry Ellis was able to establish a signature style of decontracted elegance and pure Americana, allowing him to win a Designer of the Year award from the CFDA, and serving as president of the organization's board for two years.

The modern day Perry Ellis brand, in a bid to honor the designer's legacy, created a short video about his life and lasting heritage. Told through friends and admirers of the brand, including Steven Kolb and illustrator Richard Haines, the clip gives a brief history of Perry Ellis, the man, and showcases his most significant work.

Watch the tribute video, below:

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