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воскресенье, 18 сентября 2011 г.

Madame Carven- Legend

 The interview with legendary Madame Carven was recorded in her beautiful apartment on Avenue Foch surrounded by Dutch and Flemish paintings, and other artwork collected by Madame Carven and her late husband, Rene Grog and her fantastic collection of porcelain birds.

 French couturier Madame Carmen de Tommaso was born in 1909 . She first studied architecture and interior design at Ecole de Beaux Arts  , but changed to fashion design.
She established Carven in 1945 with an atelier on Champs-Elysees. Her clientele quickly grew.
Edith Piaf, Martin Carol, Leslie Caron all were dressed by Madame Carven including the future wife of president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, whose wedding dress she designed.
For half a century Carven was the favourite  designer of petite women.
    "  She was the first to dare to do ready-to wear, she was revolutionary" acknowledged Federation president Didier Grumbach, who once worked for her.
 Designers were making clothes for older women , not young women. Madame Carven took advantage of this and started designing pretty and fresh garments. Her favourite color was green and especially loved green and white stripes.
 Shortly afterwards, Madame Carven launched a fresh, floral scent " Ma Griffe" and in 1950 , very successful scent, Vetiver for men.
   In 1949 when Jacqueline Francois sang of " Les robes de chez Carven" in her immortal song " Mademoiselle de Paris", the clothes of Madame Carven embodied all the charm, gaiety, and beauty of the city of Paris and its women in the magical period after the war.

суббота, 10 сентября 2011 г.

Gareth Pugh-about his childhood,inspiration,love.

Gareth Pugh is an English fashion designer born August 31, 1981.
At 14, Pugh began working as a costume designer for the English National Youth Theater. His fashion education he started at City of Sunderland College and finished his degree at Central Saint Martins.
He interned with Rick Owens in Paris.
Pugh's designs are about the struggle between lightness and darkness and are more autobiographical rather than referential.
He has partnered with Rick Owens and Michele Lamy, who hold a 49% interest in Gareth Pugh's firm.
The husband and wife team now fund all of Pugh's collection development, production and marketing.

среда, 7 сентября 2011 г.

Edmonde Charles-Roux

Edmonde Charles-Roux was born on 17 April, 1920.

Daughter of Francois Charles-Roux , Ambassador of France and the last president of the Suez Canal Company.


During the Second World War, she was a volunteer nurse and was wounded at Verdun in rescuing a legionnaire.
Decorated with the Croix de Guerre, she was made Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in 1945.


In 1946 with Madame Lazareff , a weekly women's  magazine ELLE has been created, where Edmonde Charles-Roux spent two years. 
From 1948 she worked for the French edition of Vogue and soon became the editor-in-chief of  French Vogue. 
Vogue democratized luxury while giving access to the most innovative artists of the time. Photographers like Guy Bourdin, Henry Clarke, William Klein, Irving Penn or designers Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Emanuel Ungaro. 
Edmonde Charles-Roux connected fashion with any other form of creativity by combining ready-to-wear and Pop Art.
She was fired from Vogue in 1966, as she wanted to place a black model on the cover of the magazine.
Beautiful photo by Willian Klein.

Three months later her book " Oublier Palerme" was published and obtained the Prix Goncourt.
The novel was adapted to film as " Dimenticare Palermo" in 1990 by Francesco Rosi.
She also known for writing the only true story about Coco Chanel. She spent hours with Mademoiselle Chanel and wrote the book " Chanel and her world"

In 1983 Edmonde Charles-Roux became member of the Academie Goncourt and in 2002, president.
Edmonde Charles-Roux is awarded with the knighthood of Commandeur de la Legion d'Honneur.