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Elsa Schiaparelli

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...Italian-born couturier Elsa Schiaparelli was active in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, where she was the main rival of Coco Chanel. Encouraged by Paul Poiret, she began to design clothes and soon became one of the most prominent figures...

Louis Majorelle

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...Majorelle was an important French furniture designer of the Art Nouveau period. From 1877, he studied painting at the .cole des Beaux Arts, leaving to run the family furniture business in Nancy on the death of his father. In this capacity...

Philippe Starck

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...Born in Paris, Starck, the son of an aeronautical engineer, became one of the most feted designers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. His ability to mix art and design, unexpected material combinations, and playful...

Charlotte Perriand

Designer Biography

...Charlotte Perriand was a French furniture and interior designer well-known for her collaborations with Le Corbusier. Her studies began at the École Centrale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, which she attended from 1920 to 1925. Le Corbusier...

Le Corbusier

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...Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, later called Le Corbusier, was one of the most influential architects, theoreticians, and designers of the twentieth century. Born in Switzerland, he adopted the pseudonym Le Corbusier c.1920 and became a French...

René Lalique

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...Lalique was a French glass designer and jeweler. In 1872, he enrolled in the Coll.ge Turgot, Paris, where he developed his drawing and sketching skills. Lalique was apprenticed to the goldsmith Louis Aucoc in 1874, while also attending...

Jeanne-Marie Lanvin

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...Fashion designer Jeanne-Marie Lanvin began her career as apprentice to a milliner and dressmaker before opening her own millinery studio in Paris . Lanvin began by designing children’s wear, moving into womenswear when customers asked...

Madeleine Vionnet

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...Madeleine Vionnet was a French fashion designer. She opened her own salon in 1912 and after the war she became a prominent designer in Paris until she retired in 1940. Vionnet is credited with creating the coupé en biais or bias cut...

Coco Chanel

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...French fashion designer Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Coco’ Chanel (b. 1883) is best known as the creative genius behind such iconic pieces as the little black dress, the two-piece tweed skirt suit, and trousers for women. In the 1920s and 1930s...

Jean Nouvel

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...Nouvel is a French architect and industrial designer, who studied at the École des Beaux Arts, Paris. After graduating, he worked at the architectural practice of Claude Parent and Paul Virilio, where he was quickly promoted to project...