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Givenchy Audrey Hepburn Together

Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn Together

Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy was born to a wealthy family 1927 in Beauvais, France. He stands an impressive 6′ 6″ inches in height.
He studied in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts  and his first job in fashion was for Jacques Fath in Paris in 1945.

He then worked briefly for Robert Piguet and for Lucien Lelong (1946) and with with Lelong’s assistants, Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior.

His final induction into fashion was with Elsa Schiaparelli between 1947 and 1951.

Cate Blanchett wearing Givenchy

Cate Blanchett wearing a Givenchy gown

He opened the House of Givenchy in 1952 and named his first collection after Bettina Graziani, Paris’s top model at the time.

Hubert de Givenchy’s designs leapt to international recognition when Audrey Hepburn wore his white dress in Billy Wilder’s film ‘Sabrina’.

From then on, Audrey Hepburn came to epitomise the Givenchy style of the 50’s and 60’s along with Jackie Kennedy.

It was the death of John F Kennedy that brought global attention to Givenchy dresses. When John F.Kennedy was assasinated, the world witnessed a mourning Kennedy family all dressed in Givenchy clothes. Jackie Kennedy ordered a Givenchy dress for the funeral, which was especially flown in from Paris. It is said, that at that time, that Givenchy possessed individual patterns sheets for every female member of the Kennedy family.

In 1988, Givenchy sold his business to Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton (LVMH).

Following his retirement in 1995, John Galliano, a graduate from St. Martin’s School of Art in London took Givenchys place as head of design.

Galliano’s first collection for Givenchy combined extravagance with the elegant restraint of Givenchy and injected a new competition and creativity into the French haute couture.

In 1996 as Galliano was switching to Dior, a fellow Englishman and another alumni of St. Martins, Alexander McQueen became head of design where he remained until 2001.


Givenchy Couture 2010/2011

At this point, Julien Macdonald became the new Artistic Director of Women for Givenchy.

Since 2005, the creative side has been headed by Riccardo Tisci.

In January 2007, La Poste issued postage stamps for the St. Valentine’s Day designed by Givenchy.


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Oct 232010
Anne Valérie Hash 2008 Couture Collection

Anne Valérie Hash 2008 Couture Collection

Anne Valerie Hash was born in Paris in 1971.

In 1991 she began her artistic education at The Duperré Art School.

In 1995, she received a diploma from the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne  and has designed for such labels as Nina Ricci, Chloe and Chanel.

Anne Valerie Hash Spring 2011

Anne Valerie Hash Spring 2011

In June of 2003, she received the ANDAM prize and in June 2009 Christine Albanel, Minister of Culture and Communication, personally rewarded her with the prestigious insignia of the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

Anne Valérie Hash received the Official Label of Haute Couture in January of 2008.

In March of 2008 she launched ANNE VALERIE HASH MADEMOISELLE, a line for girls from 4 to 14 years old.


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Feb 282009
Agnes B Designer

Agnes B Designer

Agnès b was born Agnès Troublé in Versailles, France in 1941.

She graduated from Versailles’s Ecole des Beaux-Arts and started her fashion career as a junior editor at French Elle. Agnes B went on to become an assistant to Dorothée Bis.

agnes b designHaving worked as a freelance fashion designer for Limitex, Pierre d’Alby, V de V and Eversbin, Agnès B opened her first boutique in Paris in 1975.

The boutique – formerly a butcher shop – housed her debut fashion collection of restyled, cut and dyed workers’ uniforms and striped rugby shirts.

Nowadays, Agnès B produces simple and chic fashion collections that are shown privately off-schedule at the Paris ready-to-wear shows.

The Agnès B signature style is usually best captured in the precise Tailoring of a crisp white shirt and the lasting luxury of a black wool jumper.

In 1980 Agnès B opened her first US boutique in Soho, New York where she showed her fashion collections for women, men and children.

In 1987, she launched her own perfume,”Le B,” a skincare and cosmetics range and a maternity fashion collection.

She now also has shops in London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Tokyo and more locations opening worldwide.


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Jan 292009

Gaspard Yurkievich Portrait

Gaspard Yurkievich Designer

Gaspard Yurkievich was born in Paris in 1972 and studied at the Bercot Studio. He is part of a new generation of designers to emerge from Paris in the 1990’s.

These new designers combine the creativity of London with France’s fashion heritage. The results are startling.

Gaspard Yurkievich Women's Collection 2011

Gaspard Yurkievich Women's Collection 2011

Gaspard took an internship with Thierry Mugler and then with Jean Paul Gaultier who combine the creative flair of London with the historic grandeur of France.

Having completed his studies he went to assist the independent label Jean Colonna which allowed him to gain perspective on all areas of the fashion industry.

In 1997, he started his own womenswear label and was awarded the prestigious womenswear prize at the Hyères Festival.

In 1998 he received funding from ANDAM, an organisation set up by the French Ministry of Culture to support young designers, and showed his first pret a porter collection in Paris.

He aunched his mens pret a porter in 2003 and in the same year, opened his first boutique.

Between 2005 and 2007 he taught fashion at l’Ensad.

Gaspard Yurkievich Men 2011

Gaspard Yurkievich Men 2011

Yurkievich has gone from strength to strength and is a shining example leading of a generation of young French designers, who combine the cutting edge with tradition, to create something fresh.


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Aug 312006
Very young Yves Saint Laurent

A very young Yves Saint Laurent with drawing

Yves Saint Laurent was born in 1936 in Algeria and died in June 2008.

Having won the first prize in the International Wool Secretariat contest in 1954, he went to work for Christian Dior as a young designer.

After Diors death in 1957, Saint Laurent became Haute Couture designer. The following year saw him win the Neiman-Marcus Award.

His creations have often caused a scandal, from the first see-through blouses (1968) to his perfume, Opium.

After fulfilling his military obligations he opened his own Haute Couture house in 1962 financed by Pierre Berge. He opened his Rive Gauche boutiques for women were in 1966 and a men’s wear line was added in 1974. In 1981 he was became a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York made him the first living designer to be so honoured.

Renowned for ethnic themes and bright colors Saint Laurent believes he is the last true couturier and maintains the highest standards of classic cut and Tailoring. He was presented with a Victoria and Albert award in 1995. In 1996 the year Saint Laurent became the first courturier to show his Haute Couture show live on the Internet he decided to stop making big fashion shows for his Pret-a-Porter collection after 30 years of doing so.

The company has had its troubles in 1996 Pierre Berge was fined for insider trading after selling his shares in the company before the release of poor trading figures.

Yves Saint Laurent is also the subject of a number of retrospective exhibitions including the Hermitage, St. Petersburg , Russia and Musee des Arts de la Mode, Louvre, Paris.

In January 2000, following the acquisition of Yves Saint Laurent and YSL Beauté by the Gucci Group, Designer Tom Ford assumed the position of Creative Director of Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and YSL Beauté.  Ford works with all creative teams at YSL to define the overall image and positioning of the YSL brand including all product categories and communication activities. He refocused the brand with great success.

Tom Ford’s success in the fashion industry has been recognized by a number of awards including Womenswear Designer of the Year for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche (2001) and Accessory Designer of the Year for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche (2002)


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Aug 292006


Jean Marie Lanvin Designer

Jean Marie Lanvin Designer

Jeanne-Marie Lanvin (1 January 1867, Paris – 6 July 1946 Paris) was a French fashion designer and the founder of the Lanvin fashion house. When Lanvin died in 1946, ownership of the firm was naturally ceded to the designer’s daughter, Marguerite di Pietro.

In 1909, Lanvin joined the Syndicat de la Couture, which marked her formal status as a couturière.

Lanvin made such beautiful clothes for her daughter that they began to attract the attention of a number of wealthy people who requested copies for their own children. Soon, Lanvin was making dresses for their mothers, and some of the most famous names in Europe were included in the clientele of her new boutique on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris.

She became known for her mother-and-daughter outfits and exquisite robes de style, as well as her modern and global approach to the fashion industry.

Alber Elbaz has been artistic director of Lanvin Paris since 2001. Alber Elbaz is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative fashion designers, with Time Magazine including him in their annual “100 most influential people in the world” list this 2007.

Lanvin’s lines are seen in all the luxury markets of Europe, the Far East, the Middle East and the USA. Lanvin fragrances, ties and eyewear are the world over. Worn by Nicole Kidman, Kate Moss, Chloé Sevigny, Sofia Coppola


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Aug 292006
Christian Dior (left) arrives in New York with Salvatore Ferragamo

Christian Dior (left) arrives in New York with Salvatore Ferragamo

Christian Dior (1905-1957) was born in Normandy, France.

Having studied political science, Dior began his design career selling sketches of his hat designs as these were being better received than his dress designs.

He was hired by Robert Piguet in 1938 and during the war served in the South of France.

Returning again to Paris in 1941 he worked for Lucien Lelong and in 1946 he was in a position to open his own house, backed by textile manufacturer Marcel Boussac.

His first fashion collection presented in 1947 was called “New Look” and featured rounded shoulders, a cinched waist, and a very full skirt.

Christian Dior Spring Summer 2011

Christian Dior Spring Summer 2011

The signature of Dior creations at this point was opulence.

Dior was often described as the last great dictator of style and in the 1950s produced fashion collections with themes throughout this time such as classic suits, ballerina-length skirts, the H-line in 1954, and A- and Y-lines in 1955.

With his partner Jaques Rouet, Dior pioneered the development of license agreements in the fashion business.

By 1948, he had arranged licensed production of furs, socks, ties, perfumes, and clothing in regionally separate production centers. This undoubtedly contributed to the swift spreading of the brand throughout the globe.

He hired Yves Saint Laurent in 1953 as an assistant. Following Dior’s sudden death in 1957 from a 3rd heart attack, Saint Laurent became the head designer and introduced the trapeze dress in his first fashion collection for the house.

Yves Saint Laurent was called for military duty in 1960 and at this point Marc Bohan became head designer.

Gianfranco Ferre in turn replaced him in 1989.

In 1996 John Galliano joined Dior to the applause of the fashion world.

Galliano was seen as perfect for Dior as his romantic, feminine looks matched those qualities adopted by Dior in the 1940’s.


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Aug 292006
Carven Collection Women 2011

Carven Collection Women 2011

“Couture brought me happiness, they were the best years of my life,” Madame Carven recalls with a smile at a celebration to mark her approaching 100th birthday in 2009. A diminutive 1.55m (five foot one) in her stockinged feet, for half a century she was the favourite designer of petite women.

Madame Carven French Couture Designer

Madame Carven French Couture Designer

In recognition of her contribution to fashion and imminent birthday on Aug 31, the French Federation of Couture threw a party for her in the gardens of the Musee Galliera at the end of the haute couture shows for next winter.

In 1945 Madame Carven opened her fashion house at n¡6, Rond Point des Champs Elysees in Paris.

The address of this the head office has never changed.

Carven have much to be proud of and has built an excellent reputation over the years dressing queens, princesses and empresses not to mention the post-war stars of the screen.

The 1950’s saw the development of Carven men with the first fashion collection of mens silk neckties and the launch of “Vetiver” perfume, still their most popular fragrance for men. This was a logical support to “Ma Griffe” a female fragrance launched in the 1940’s.

Carven style was adapted for the growing airline industry of the 1960’s as the Carven Uniforms division was established and catered for numerous airlines. At this stage of its evolution Carven was able to focus on the growing market for accessories with the creation of Carven Costume jewellery.

As the 1970s progressed Carven cemented its national position and pushed its boundaries internationally. Japan in particular in the early 1970’s was a strong market for Carven, with Japanese women the cut and comfort of the Carven style very much to their taste. This decade saw the launch of Carven accessories and luggage in Japan . Following the success of Carven in the 1960’s Air France asked Carven to create their uniforms. To this day, Air France personnel are still dressed by Carven, as do some French Rail Staff.

Carven in the 1980s developed licences for ready-to-wear and accessories for men and women throughout the globe. Carven diversified bringing out a line of golfwear for men and women as the sport gained popularity in France.

In 1991 Carven’s Ready-to-Wear for Women, a stylish, high quality range of fashionable clothing at accessible prices was launched.At this time a restructuring of the company took place with each division coming under one central management for the first time in years. Carven possessing a culture of diversification has now has Carven’s luxury goods for the home, which includes porcelain, carpets and furniture, as well as a drinks line that includes Carven Champagne , Carven Cognac and Liqueur au Cognac . That year also, “Vetiver” repackaged and celebrating its 40th birthday. Carven Menswear opened a boutique at the Rond Point the same year and a pure gold and silver jewellery collection is launched.

The 1990s saw Carven infiltrate the Asian markets with licence agreement in China , Taiwan and Vietnam . As the 1990’s drew to a close a revival of Carven’s Haute Couture activity was well underway,as new Artistic Director, Mr Edward Achour oversaw the development of a new line of women’s ready-to-wear.


 12:47 pm  Fashion
Aug 282006


Louis Feraud designer

Louis Féraud (13 February 1921 – 28 December 1999) was a French fashion designer.

In 1950, Louis Féraud created his first “Maison de Couture” in Cannes and by 1955 had established a Couture House in Paris on the rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré.
From the mid 50s he was dressing the Parisian elite and designed the wardrobe of Brigitte Bardot for many of her movies. It wasn’t however until 1958 that he presented his first Haute Couture collection in Paris.

Jean Pierre Marty

The early 1960’s saw Louis Féraud hire the young unknown designers Jean-Louis Scherrer and Per Spook.

In 1970 he signed a contract with Fink ( Germany ) for a ladies’ ready-to-wear collection. The year 1978 was an excellent one for Féraud with him winning the “Golden Thimble Award” for his Spring/Summer 1978 Haute Couture Collection. He went on to claim this accolade again in 1984.

Adding to his growing collection of honours Louis Féraud was elected Prince de l’Art de Vivre in 1991. In 1995 he was decorated Officier de la Légion d’honneur, by the French President. Kiki his daughter signed her first Haute Couture collection in with Féraud in 1996. In September 1999 the Dutch group Secon acquired Féraud with its founder dying that December aged 79.

The year 2000 saw Yvan Mispelaere joined the group as artistic director and that July witnessed his first Haute Couture fashion show in “Musée des Monuments Français” in Paris.

In 2002 The German Group ESCADA took 90% of the Féraud shares and Yvan Mispelaere left the company. Later that year Féraud decided to concentrate its activities on ladies’ ready-to-wear and licences with Jean-Paul Knott selected as Creative Director for the luxury ready-to-wear market.

In 2003 Jean-Paul Knott left Féraud and that July the worldwide flagship store opened in Paris at 400 rue Saint-Honoré.

Design is currently headed up by Jean Pierre Marty.


 3:36 pm  Fashion
Aug 282006

Jean-Paul Gaultier was born in 1952 and started his career in 1970 at Pierre Cardin.

Jean Paul Gaultier Portrait

Jean Paul Gaultier Designer

He set up his own label in 1976, creating clothing that owed more to contemporary culture than Parisian couture.

He created his first collection for women in 1983 followed by a mens collection in 1985.

Once dubbed the ‘enfant terrible’ of the Paris fashion scene – as Alexander McQueen would later be called – he was soon dressing pop stars and rock stars including famously – Madonna.

Gaultier enjoys parodying the fashion establishment and his work is infected with attempts to reject fashion clichés exemplified by his creation of a skirt for men in 1988.

Besides his men’s and womenswear lines and the haute couture collection, Gaultier has introduced JPG, a younger and sportier line for both sexes, and a range fragrances, starring in some of the campaigns himself.

Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 Womens Collection

Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 Womens Collection

In July 1999, Hermès invested $15 million in his business.

He has recorded music and designed costumes for many films including Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, The Thief, his Wife and her Lover (1989), Pedro Almodóvar’s Kika (1994) and Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element (1997).

In 2001 Gaultier received one of France’s highest honours, being awarded the title of Chevalier in the Bastille Day honours list.

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