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.
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.