Hervé L. Leroux Dies At 60

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HERVE L. LEROUX has died at the age of 60. News of the French designer, who created the bandage dress that was the uniform of the supermodels in the Nineties, came via a statement from Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode on Friday.

Leroux cut his teeth as Fendi and Chanel before launching his own label, Hervé Léger, in 1985. In 1999 the brand was acquired by BCBG Max Azria, when Leroux lost commercial use of his name.

He continued to design red carpet confections for stars such as Cate Blanchett, Jessica Chastain and Dita Von Teese, who took to Instagram to share a tribute to her late collaborator.

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“I’d say he was the only dressmaker that could accomplish a truly modern Madame Grès goddess gown,” she wrote. “I loved him for his wit, his candor, his sublime elegance and of course, his talent, which came from authentic obsession, with no care for the commerciality of fashion.” The coterie of girls who wore his girdle-tight elasticated dresses would undoubtedly attest to this too.

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