Torrente is owned by Rose Mett, sister of the designer Ted Lapidus. In 1968 she opened her first boutique in Saint Honore Paris. She immediately found success with simple clothes – mainly suits and coats.
Because of her obvious talent, she was able to persuade an entire Balenciaga workshop to follow her. Suddenly, an astonishing ‘A list’ of Clients wanted her to dress them including Marlene Dietrich, Natalie Wood, Raquel Welch, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Paulette Goddard.
It was at this time that she decided to use the name Torrente, rather than her own name. It literally means Torrent as in storm. Sometime later she created the famous Miss Torrent brand.
In 1971 she joined the famous Chambre Syndicale De La Haute Couture.
Rose Mett remained Chairman of Torrente until 2003.
In 2005 she published her memoirs ‘Le Droite Fil: Souvenirs de Haute Couture,’ recounting her amazing story as the internationally acclaimed former queen of haute couture.