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Finding Aid for the Giorgio di Sant'Angelo papers, ca. 1933-2005
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Giorgio di Sant'Angelo (1933-1989) was an Italian-American fashion designer based in New York. His fashion design career began in the mid-1960s with textiles and accessories and as a stylist on magazine photo shoots. He started his own fashion line in 1968 and continuously produced clothing collections until his death. He was best known for his early and innovative use of stretch fabrics. The Giorgio di Sant'Angelo papers contain the designer's personal correspondence and photographs; diaries; early design work; drawings, designs, and photographs of his work in fashion and in other areas of design; and press and public appearance material.
Giorgio di Sant'Angelo (1933-1989) was an Italian-American designer. Born Count Jorge Alberto Imperatrice di Sant'Angelo e Ratti di Desio in Florence, Italy, he was raised in Argentina and Brazil, and then trained as an architect and industrial designer in Italy. Encouraged by his grandmother, he also studied art, ceramics and sculpture in Spain and France, under Pablo Picasso among others. In 1962, he moved to California for an animation fellowship at Walt Disney Studios. He soon after relocated to New York in the mid-1960s, and began working in many areas of design, including industrial, textile, and interior design. One of his projects, avant-garde Lucite jewelry and other accessory designs for DuPont, appeared in many fashion magazine photo shoots of the time. Sant'Angelo became a stylist on some of the photo shoots, earning wide acclaim for his designs in the July 1968 issue of Vogue, which featured a portfolio of model Veruschka photographed by Franco Rubartelli in the Arizona desert, clothed in reams of colorful fabric, fur, and ropes improvised by Sant'Angelo. The same year he launched his career as a fashion designer with a collection based upon the desert shoot's psychedelic, "gypsy" style, for which he won a COTY award. Two years later, in 1970, he won another COTY award for his collection paying homage to Native Americans. During the 1970s and 1980s, he continuously produced clothing collections. Sant'Angelo was best known for the creativity and versatility of his designs as well as his early and innovative use of stretch fabrics, such as Lycra, encouraging freedom of movement. He considered himself an "engineer of color and form" instead of a "fashion designer." He had a loyal clientele, including celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Carol Channing, and Lena Horne, for all of whom Sant'Angelo also designed performance wardrobes. While creating fashion collections, he still designed accessories and had his own lines of home furnishing designs and environmental fragrances. In 1989 he died of lung cancer. His fashion business continued for a few years afterward under the management of Sant'Angelo's long-time partner and business associate Martin Price.
95 boxes (47.5 linear ft.) 9 flat boxes 100 oversize boxes 9 oversize map folders 7 tubes
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