Tag Archives: French fashion designer

Le roi de la mode française

French fashion designer Pierre Balmain was born on May 18, 1914. He was studying architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1934 when Edward Molyneux offered him a job. He had already undertaken some freelance design drawing work … Continue reading

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Jacques Doucet

Jacques Doucet, often described as one of the great “old masters” of fashion design, was born on February 19, 1853. As early as 1817, his family established the House of Doucet in Paris, a business specializing in fine linens, lingerie, … Continue reading

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Hubert de Givenchy

At the summer program where I work in Paris, we frequently have the children of famous people among our students. I’m generally pretty blasé about the star power, but one connection did get my interest. We had the great-niece of Hubert de … Continue reading

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Maison Callot Sœurs

Maison Callot Sœurs was opened in 1895 by four sisters: Marie Callot Gerber; Regina Callot Tennyson-Chantrell, and Joséphine Callot Crimont. Sœurs (sir) means “sisters” and I find it interesting that all of the sisters in the business were married, as … Continue reading

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Jeanne Margaine-Lacroix

My lovely daughter turns 30 on December 3. She shares her birthday with an early French couturière whose name has all but been forgotten. Jeanne Margaine-Lacroix was born in 1863, and her Parisian salon operated from approximately 1889 to 1929, … Continue reading

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Un mécène

September 25 marks the début of Paris Fashion Week. As beautiful as the creations we’ll see this week will no doubt be, they are also the domain of a tiny fraction of the population. If you’d like to buy from … Continue reading

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Ne pas passer inaperçu

French fashion designer Christian Lacroix was born on May 16, 1951. From the beginning of his career, he was interested in fashion from a historical perspective. Lacroix was taking courses at the Louvre in order to become a museum curator. His … Continue reading

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Casser la baraque

French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier was born on April 24, 1954. The self-taught designer attracted the attention of Pierre Cardin by sending him sketches. He came out with his first solo collection in 1976. Gaultier is an expert tailor, … Continue reading

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À gogo

French fashion designer André Courrèges was born on March 9, 1923. He is best known for his space-age collection launched in 1964. He was trained as an engineer before switching to fashion. His clothes featured geometric shapes, bright colors, and … Continue reading

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