On Aug. 24, 1983, I produced a fashion show for Ignacio Peri at the Scottish Rite Temple at Lake Merritt in Oakland, California (see link below). Ignacio's designs were tailored, up-to-the-minute styles for the professional woman. They were brilliant designs and they were beautiful.
Cocoon coat* by Ignacio Peri
Cocoon coat detail by Ignacio Peri
Peri was recognized by Neiman-Marcus as one of the "Seven Top Bay Area Designers" in 1983, and was chosen by the California Apparel Mart as one of ten designers to create a special wardrobe for Ethel Bradley (wife of L. A. Mayor Tom Bradley), to wear to the 1984 Olympics. Other celebrities he dressed included Jane Wyman and Meryl Streep. He was the owner of Impromtu, a boutique at Blackhawk Plaza in Danville, as well as Arlington Arcade in Oakland.
Peri was a judge for the weavers and spinners fashion show held on May 5, 1983 in conjunction with the 30th annual conference of the Northern California Handweavers Guild, Secrets of the Loom. He was also a judge for, L' Image, the 1993 Asian Fashion Modeling Competition.
Ignacio Peri, Jr. was a native of Tampa, Fla., and a graduate of Florida State University and the University of California at Berkeley. He was a former member of the Alameda Arts Commission and an instructor of design at Laney College in Oakland. He died on July 18, 1995; he was 55.