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Fast French Fashion Facts For Bastille Day

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Happy Bastille Day, francophones! In honor of France’s Fete Nationale, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, (starting the French Revolution), I decided to pay homage to some of the country’s most influential fashion houses. Similar to our 4th of July holiday, the French celebrate this occasion with such patriotic festivities as fireworks and a military parade (the oldest and largest in Europe!) on Paris’ famed Champs-Elysees avenue. But enough about tradition. Let’s break out the champagne and say ‘Salut‘ to these iconic designers.

DESIGNER: CHRISTIAN DIOR

Founded: December 16, 1946

He Should Have Been: A diplomat

Signature Style: Voluptuous shapes and silhouettes that flare out from the waist to enhance women’s curves.

Name Game: He called his first collection Corolle. Translation: Circle of flower petals.

Quote: “I have designed flower women.”

Current Creator: Raf Simons

 

DESIGNER: LOUIS VUITTON

Founded: 1854

Leader Of The Pack: World’s most valuable luxury brand for seven consecutive years (2006-2012)

Revolutionary: First designer to create flat-bottom trunks made of trianon canvas. They were airtight, lightweight and stackable – ideal for travel.

Take A Hike: He moved to Paris from his hometown of Jura, France, in 1835. The journey was 250 miles. He made it on foot.

Signature Style: Brand’s iconic monogram

Current Creator: Marc Jacobs

 

DESIGNER: YVES SAINT LAURENT

Founded: 1962

Claim To Fame: Introduced the tuxedo suit for women – Le Smoking

Revolutionary: First designer to use ethnic models in his runway shows

Small World: He was the head designer of Christian Dior at age 21

Trend Maker: Popularized the ‘beatnik’ look, safari jackets, tight pants and thigh high boots

Current Creator: Hedi Slimane

 

DESIGNER: HUBERT DE GIVENCHY

Founded: 1952

Signature Style: Modern and ladylike

Claim To Fame: Designed Audrey Hepburn’s on- and off-screen wardrobe

In The Driver’s Seat: Ford offered a Givenchy edition of its Continental Mark luxury cars from 1976-1983.

Current Creator: Riccardo Tisci

 

DESIGNER: JEANNE-MARIE LANVIN [Girl Power!]

Founded: 1909

Like Mother, Like Daughter: Rich folks noticed the beautiful clothes she made for her daughter and ordered similar dresses for themselves and their children.

Signature Style: Intricate trimmings, virtuoso embroideries, beaded decorations in pastel colors

Current Creator: Alber Elbaz

 

 

About Jillian Dauer
Jillian began her career in writing as a journalist. Sheโ€™s covered a variety of topics from trials and tradeshows to produce and local businesses before landing herself in the fashion industry. She spent two years as Associate Editor at WSAToday, a trade magazine for footwear and accessories buyers, where she focused on womenโ€™s shoe brands and luxury handbags and jewelry. Currently she manages the content of JustFabulous The Blog, as well as generates copy for the brand site.


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