Cradle of Creativity - Gaby Aghion

Born in Egypt, Gaby Aghion was the Founder of French fashion house Chloe and coined the term pret-a-porter. Gaby passed away on the 27th of September 2014 at the age of 93. This post is a tribute to her and her contributions to the fashion industry.

According to the website of Chloé, Aghion rejected the stiff formality of 1950s fashion and created soft, feminine, body conscious clothes from fine fabrics, and called them "luxury prêt-à-porter".

Unique for their time, they were beautifully made clothes available off the rack. She set up her workshop in a maid's room above her large flat.

In 1953, Gaby Aghion joined forces with Jacques Lenoir – he ran the business side and she ran the creative side. The duo put on the first Chloé show in 1956 at a breakfast at the Café de Flore, the epicentre of young intellectual Parisians of the 1940s and 1950s.

In the mid-1960's Gaby hired Karl Lagerfield as the designer for Chloe. Gaby continued to run Chloe until 1985 when it was bought out by Dunhill Holdings.

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