designer: Perri Ellisabout

In 1980 Perry Ellis formed his own company. His contemporary, classic menswear designs were already widely acclaimed in the USA, and he swiftly gained a reputation for crisply stylish women's coats, trouser and knitwear. Ellis's designs for women were spirited and graceful and he is considered the ideal American sportswear designer. Many of his clothes were cut on mannish lines but skillfully adapted for the female figure. He frequently used textured wools and tweeds. He used the textures of natural fibres, linen for a T-shirt and skirt, line trousers often matched with cotton sweaters or loose blouses. His slouchy looks of the 80's created the look of a picturesque hobo.