Flaunting a fearless approach to fashion design, Claude Montana broke new ground in the late 1970s and early 1980s with his aggressive avant-garde leather creations that borrowed from the gay and S&M scenes. He proposed a radical, militaristic aesthetic and was among the first to use exaggerated shoulder pads that created his powerful signature silhouette with extremely wide shoulders. Later, his architectural designs were characterized by bright solid colors and an absence of patterns, with geometric lines, often curved, and precise cuts that played with volume. Designing Lanvin's haute couture collections between 1990 and 1992, his otherworldly beautiful and ultra-modern silk creations captivated audiences with their distinctive dynamic silhouettes in icy color palettes with a metallic sheen.