In 1965, Ungaro founded his eponymous label in Paris' famous couture fashion district of Avenue Montaigne.
It wasn't long before he became a household name with his playful designs, flamboyant prints and daring silhouettes drawing praise.
Described by the brand's website as a man who "dared to be different", he wasn't afraid to push the boundaries and his couture label eventually grew to include ready-to-wear, fragrance and footwear.
Further demonstrating his astronomic rise to success, Ungaro was behind some of the world's most famous wardrobes with clients including the likes of Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Sarah Jessica Parker and Angelina Jolie.
In 2005, the designer reportedly sold his label to Asim Abdullah for $84m USD.
Several designers took to the helm in the years that followed including Esteban Cortezar, Fausto Puglisi and Giles Deacon.
Most famously, Lindsay Lohan was controversially hired as creative director but departed after just a short stint in the post.
Following his retirement, Ungaro stayed out of the spotlight to focus upon family life with wife Laura Bernabei and daughter Cosima Ungaro.
In 2017, former Giorgio Armani womenswear designer, Marco Colagrossi, took over the fashion house as creative director.
This article originally appeared on marie claire Australia.