Born in southern France in 1933 to Italian parents, Ungaro moved in the 1950´s to Paris where he trained with Balenciaga. He launched his own label in 1965 and two years later moved the firm to the fashion heartland of Avenue Montaigne.
His women's haute couture and ready to wear collections were renowned for flamboyant colours and elegant silhouettes. Like other designers, he expanded into fragrances and accessories, before stepping back from the business in the early 2000´s.
The Ungaro label has since been through a succession of managers and designers, including a stint in 2009 by Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan.