Fashion Muse: Inès de la Fressange

Born Inès Marie Lætita Églantine Isabelle de Seignard de La Fressange is a French model, aristocrat, fashion designer and perfumer. She was named in the International Best Dress list in 1998.

In 1980 she made a splash in the fashion world. at 5’11 and weighing 50kg she was the first model to sign an exclusive modeling contract with an haute couture maison house, Chanel, by head designer Karl Lagerfeld, who she became his muse. However in 1989, Lagerfeld and de la Fressange had an argument and parted ways. It is rumored the argument is about her decision to lend her likeness to a bust of Marianne, the ubiquitous symbol of the French Republic. Lagerfeld  condemned her decision, saying that Marianne was the embodiment of “everything that is boring, bourgeois, and provincial” and that he would not dress up historic monuments.

She is an author of a very successful book Paris Chic and also has a uniqlo line named “De la Fressange”, creating french classics.


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