Gaby Aghion, the founder of French fashion house Chloe dies

Tribute was paid to Aghion at the brand's presentation in Paris yesterday.

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Gaby Aghion, the founder of French fashion house Chloe has died, aged 93.

The Egyptian born designer established the house in 1952 and quickly established the label with her trademark pretty, feminine designs.

Aghion pioneered the way for ready-to-wear collections, establishing twice yearly 'pret-a-porter' presentations at a time when fashion houses such as Dior only presented haute couture.

In 1985 Aghion retired from the industry, selling her stake in the business.

The brand has been instrumental in the careers of some of today's most iconic fashion designers including Karl Lagerfeld who joined the label in 1966, Stella McCartney and Phoebe Philo.

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Gaby Aghion

The spring/summer 2015 presentation which took place yesterday was dedicated to her memory with the show notes commending her "free spirit and and independent resolve."

Stella McCartney who designed for the label between 1997 and 2001 said:

"It is really sad that she has passed away and I do feel for all of her family and loved ones, but she has had an exceptional life and career and created one of the most individual houses in fashion,”

“I think that at the time when I met her I was just really proud to be part of the female fashion family that she had made so successful at Chloé.”

 

Karl Lagerfeld commented: “She helped me in a way to become what I am now — and that you will never forget. I think she had a happy life."

Aghion is survived by her son French economist, Philippe Aghion.

 

 

 

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