Hey everyone! I’ll be doing this three post series where I’ll write down some amazing facts about the most famous French fashion designers. From Coco Chanel to Christian Louboutin and from Jean Paul Gaultier to Givenchy—all the names that have taken the global Fashion Industry by storm.
I’m starting with three most popular French fashion designers and in the later posts, I’ll cover more. Keep on reading-
Coco Chanel is no doubt one of the most popular and leading French fashion designers in the world. What makes her special is that even after a fair share of struggles she faced in her life, she never gave up and was determined to be a successful fashion designer. She made a strong name for herself by building a fashion empire amidst the male-dominated society, to eventually become one of the top fashion designers in the world.
Read some of the most interesting facts about her-
- She was born in 1883 as Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France.
- She worked as a cabaret singer to earn money in her early years
- ‘Coco’ was a nickname given to her by her father and she sang two songs named ” Ko Ko Ri Ko” and “Qui qu’a vu Coco”, which became quite popular.
- She brought a revolution by pretty much creating an outrage when she wore pants in Venice to travel comfortably by gondola. She argued that it was not easy to ride a horse while wearing a long skirt and hence, the era of powerful dressing for women began.
- She was not privileged since birth and grew up in an orphanage after her mother passed away when she was just 12 years old. Her father sent her three brothers to work on a farm and Chanel along with two other sisters were sent to the convent of Aubazine.
- Her popular perfume Chanel No 5 was launched in 1921 which was loved by the iconic actress Marilyn Monroe as well.
- She learned sewing during her time in the orphanage and started her journey into the fashion world by designing and selling hats.
- She lived for thirty years in the Hotel Ritz in Paris before she passed away in 1971 at the age of 87.
- She was outspoken and never shied away from criticizing her contemporaries like Balenciaga, Christian Dior, and Paul Poiret.
- The reason she used the Lion in so much of her jewelry designs was that her zodiac sign was Leo. She even engraved the lion on the bottom of her tweed suits.
- She designed her headstone herself which features and the emblematic lion and reads, “Without stone above me, I would like to leave if I had the wish to go to Heaven and dress the angels”.
One of the most iconic and famous fashion designers Christian Dior was born on 21 January 1905 in Granville, France.
Here are a few interesting facts about him-
- He was born in a wealthy family but after the great depression, his father’s fertilizer business collapsed and Dior supported himself by selling his fashion illustrations for 10 cents a piece. He had to face a lot of obstacles before becoming one of the top fashion designers in the world.
- Dior worked as a couturier during World war 2 under Lucien Lelong to dress the wives of Nazi and French collaborators.
- Her debut fragrance Miss Dior was inspired by her sister Catherine, who was a member of the French resistance and sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp. After she was released, he launched the perfume as a homage to her sister and the rest is history.
- Dior’s garments accentuated the women curves and the silhouettes often included a fitted bust and waist which were termed as ‘oppressive’ by many feminists. Even Coco Chanel, her current and major rival at the time criticized his garments and called them a ‘torture to the women bodies’.
- He was highly superstitious and often named at least one of his garments after his hometown of Granville. He consulted a tarot card reader before every show and instructed at least one of his models to carry a bouquet of white lilies.
- He suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 52 during his vacation in Italy, shortly after his former assistant Yves Saint Laurent became artistic director of his brand at 21. Source
Christian Louboutin name is a must have in the list of most popular French fashion designers. His story will inspire many to follow their dreams and never give up despite all the ups and downs. At the age of 55, he owns the world’s most luxurious shoes brand which is loved by celebrities all across the globe.
Read some amazing facts about him-
- He was born on 7 January 1963 in Paris, France.
- He is known for his signature high-end stilettos with shiny red soles. In 2011, he even files a US trademark infringement case against designer Yves Saint Laurent and to seek US$1 million in damages.
- He was expelled from school about 3 times after which he ran away from home at the age of 12.
- He began his career as a shoe designer in 1982 and designed shoes for Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent.
- He designed his first shoe inspired by the popular image of Princess Diana sitting in front of the Taj Mahal in Indian, in 1992.
- He doesn’t follow a business model for his global shoe brand and said is a statement, “ There is no business model, as there is not much business model to what I am doing in general.”
- His iconic red-soled shoes were inspired by an employee’s red nail polish and later the same shoes inspired a manicure called the ‘Louboutin manicure’.
- One of the first high profile clients of Louboutin shoes was Princess Caroline of Monaco and at present, his shoes are worn by Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna and Indian celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, and Sonam Kapoor among many others.
- In 2017, Christian Louboutin collaborated with top Indian designer Sabyasachi for his couture fashion shows in India.
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