Oliviero Toscani at 80

Extra-Carefree McCall's 4054 / 4055 with Carefree "Miracle Yard" McCall's 2001, in Wamsutta cotton batik - McCall's Carefree Fashion Catalog, Summer 1974
McCall’s Carefree Fashion Catalog, Summer 1974. Photo: Oliviero Toscani.

Happy 80th birthday to Oliviero Toscani! Before creating his famous Benetton campaigns, the Italian photographer shot this cover for McCall’s Carefree pattern book.

The model wears Extra-Carefree McCall’s 4054 / 4055 with the Carefree “Miracle Yard” pattern, McCall’s 2001, all in Wamsutta cotton batik. Inside, Toscani’s “Summertime” shows her in McCall’s 4052 in two versions: in Ameritex cotton and linen-look from Lawrence & Klauber.

More beachwear: Heat Wave! and vintage designer swimwear.

Paco Peralta 60

Cover of Sew Today magazine, June 2021: model in Paco Peralta tunic pattern Vogue 1550 in linen with silk contrast. Text reads: FABRIC FOCUS: LINEN - SANDRA BETZINA: DOLMAN SLEEVES - QUICK PROJECT: EASY-TO-MAKE TOP
Paco Peralta tunic (V1550) on the cover of Sew Today magazine, June 2021. Photo: Tim Geaney. Image: Sewdirect.

Paco Peralta would have been 60 today. Peralta died in 2019, just after his 57th birthday.

On his birthday, I’m reflecting on the legacy of the late, great Barcelona couturier who gave so much to the sewing community.

Happy birthday, Paco — you’re in our thoughts today.

Paco Peralta: Vogue Patterns | In memoriam: Paco Peralta, 1962–2019 | VISIBLE feat. Paco Peralta

Cover of Sew Today magazine, March 2021: model Piyawan Chitsamran in Paco Peralta coat pattern Vogue 1619 in waxed polyester. Text reads: TRENDS - GENTLEWOMAN STYLE - COLOUR FORECAST - SWATCH WATCH - PERFECT PLEATS - TERRY FOX
Paco Peralta coat (V1619) on the cover of Sew Today magazine, March 2021. Photo: Jack Deutsch. Image: Sewdirect.