In 1952, Gaby Aghion and her business partner Jacques Lenoir were among the first designers to coin the term prêt-à-porter when they created Chloé, the luxury ready-to-wear label. Aghion named Chloé after a friend she believed embodied the carefree attitude of the modern young woman at the time.
Shunning the formalities of the 1950s and stiffness of haute couture, the duo were pioneers of a style which was more readily accessible to women without compromising on quality. While the first Chloé boutique didn’t open until 1971, during the 1960s the fashion house became widely acknowledged as a popular brand that symbolised youth and femininity.
In 1966 Karl Lagerfeld was appointed head designer and the house counted Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly and Brigitte Bardot among its clientele.
This stunning image was taken in 1960 at Chloé’s spring/summer catwalk show at the Brasserie Lipp in Paris.
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