Sanchez began his design training at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, the school he attended from 1951 to 1953. Afterward, Maggy Rouff employed him as assistant designer until 1956, when he went to work for Christian Dior. At Dior, he spent two years designing for Dior Boutiques and then created knitwear and lingerie designs for the company in the 1960s. From 1961 to 1973, and again from 1984 to 1985, he designed fur for Revillon.
In 1973 Sanchez opened his own company. He quickly gained a reputation for loungewear separates. Sanchez's coordinating camisoles, pajama pants, jackets, robes, and slip dresses appealed to women in the 1970s, who were attracted by the individuality that they could achieve by creating different combinations. He frequently used synthetic satin to produce a fluid drape in his garments. In the 1980s, the decade in which he introduced his ready-to-wear line, he began using lace appliques, most notably his trademark fan-shaped motif. Sanchez was one of the first designers to promote underwear as outerwear, and he continues to focus on this area of design today. See also: Christian Dior.
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