Famed French couturier Madam Carven dies aged 105
Madame Carven has sadly passed away aged 105. The famed French couturier launched her fashion house in 1945, with the aim to cater to women as small as she – making her one of the few women couturiers in Paris, alongside Elsa Schiaparelli and Gabrielle Chanel.
"I decided to make haute couture outfits in my size because I was too short to wear the creations of the top couturiers, who only ever showed their designs on towering girls," the small 5-foot, 1-inch designer said in 1950. "But I wanted to retain my style – sober, practical and young, with a lot of sports garments."
Her fashion house lives on after its acquisition in 2008 by Société Béranger. Under the creative direction of Guillaume Henry and chief executive officer Henri Sebaoun, Carven enjoyed a revival as a contemporary brand. The house recently named three new designers after Henry departed the label to work for Nina Ricci.
Madame Carven lived a colourful life, and was bestowed with many important accolades in 1978 she was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and in 2009, she was made a Commander of the Legion of Honor, which is France's highest distinction for civilians.