Emanuel Ungaro began his fashion career as an assistant to Cristóbal Balenciaga and André Courrèges before opening his fashion house in 1965. Ungaro's early collections were ultra-modern, heavily influenced by Courrèges, and embraced the futuristic space-age style of the 1960s, while his designs of the early 1970s were characterized by bold graphic patterns. However, his love of color and florals was always evident in the details, which came to full bloom in the 1980s and early 1990s, when he developed his signature style of joyful opulence and femininity, which included luxurious fabrics, bright floral prints, ruffles, and sensual draping.