Bill Rancic Defends His Wife Giuliana After Fashion Police Controversy: 'I Tried to Get Them to Release the Footage' 42 years, 2,191 covers and 55,436 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Rule Breakers! Kourtney Kardashian Says She and Sister Kim Got in Trouble for Wearing This Beauty Product When They Were Teens
- Read the Cover Story: Prince, 1958-2016
- Beyoncé and Jay Z Enjoy a "Sweet" and Laid-Back Pizza Dinner in Miami
- Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Keep It Kasual (and Kurvy) Ahead Of Met Gala
- Anna Wintour’s Met Gala Style Evolution
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- February 12, 1990
- Vol. 33
- No. 6
Montana Flops?! Yes, but It Was Claude, Not Joe, in Paris
Clearly, Montana, 40, had made a major misstep. After designing mass-produced clothes for 17 years, during which time he set the trend for mammoth shoulder pads—and picked up such celebrity clients as Cher, Princess Stephanie and Diana Ross—Montana was seduced by the "total freedom" made-to-order couture promised him. In October, chairman Léon Bressler hired him to revive the stale image of the once grand House of Lanvin. If it was attention Bressler wanted, he got it in spangles. But the space-age selections were hardly what was expected from the Paris haute couture—a tradition of custom-fitted dressmaking geared to 3,000 ladies able to spend $35,000 or so on a single dress.
Was he out of his mind or simply ahead of his time? "Claude has intuited the haute couture of the year 2000," one French journalist declared. Indeed, the designer had never promised to travel the glamorous route followed by Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix and others. "He wants to do modern couture for a younger clientele," defends his sister and publicist, Jacqueline. "He has no passion for frills." Show-off singer Grace Jones, who sat in the audience compiling a shopping list, was on Montana's wavelength. "It was like architecture," she said. "Hard and soft lines at the same time."
This was not the first brush with controversy for the Paris-born Montana. The press was horrified in 1977 by his "Nazi-like" leather suits complete with chains. But let the record show that Montana eventually turned leather into a nonhostile fashion staple. If he can't do the same for cage coats, the haute road will not be forever barred. Montana's next couture show for Lanvin is scheduled for July.
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!