Women's Fashion Legend French Couturier Madame Carven Dies at 105

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY DOMINIQUE SCHROEDER Founder of the fashion house of Carven, Carmen de Tommaso known as Madame Carven, attends her 100th birthday party organised by the French Federation of Couture in the gardens of the Musee Galliera in Paris on July 9, 2009. 'Couture brought me happiness, they were the best years of my life,' Madame Carven recalls with a smile. Only a diminutive 1 metre 55 (five foot one) in her stockinged feet, for half a century she was the favourite designer of petite women. AFP PHOTO/BORIS HORVAT (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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It is an unfortunate day in the fashion industry as Women's Wear Daily reports designer Madame Carven passed away this morning at her Parisian home; she was 105 years old.  The French couturier launched her house back in 1945, aspiring to create fashions that would suit women of her similarly small nature. Little did she know then the spectacular influence she would have on women's fashion.

Madame Carven was an admirable designer who traveled the world with clothing lines she was proud of to inspire women in other countries with her fashions while in turn becoming inspired by different cultures to continue to create and perfect her craft. 

“Designers [today] unfortunately think about making their mark on their design,” Madame Carven told WWD in a 2009 interview. “I didn’t think of my designs like that. I thought about the young girls, the young women that I dressed, even my models, to show off their beauty to the maximum.” 

Madame Carven created a brand for women that allowed them to wear couture and still feel comfortable in their skin. She was among the first designers to create ready-to-wear styles in 1950, followed by her junior line in 1955. 

A jack of many trades, Madame Carven went on to design airline and traffic warden uniforms for female employees, lingerie with Marie-Rose Lebigot,a fragrance called Ma Griffe, and bridal gowns.

Her talents and fashions will be greatly missed, but Madame Carven's legacy of what fashion should be, clothing you can feel and look equally as good in, will live on. 

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