Discover the creative
genius of designers from three legendary French fashion houses
as they talk about their work and process.
Interviewed by Pamela Golbin, Curator of Twentieth-century
and Contemporary Fashion at the Musée de la Mode et du Textile
in Paris. Golbin recently organized the exhibition Balenciaga
Paris and authored the book of the same name, which she
presented at FIAF earlier this year.
Presented as part of Fashion
Month at FIAF.
Fri, Nov 9, 2007 at
of Roger Vivier
Fri, Nov 30, 2007 at
of Nina Ricci
Fri, Dec 7, 2007 at
Nichanian joined French luxury brand Hermès
as Artistic Director of men’s ready-to-wear in January
1988. Later that year, her first collection at Hermès
earned her the City of Paris Grand Prix of Creative Art.
Prior to Hermès, Véronique Nichanian worked with Italian
couturier Cerruti for twelve years after graduating from
the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in
1976, eventually becoming co-manager of the men’s collections.
One of the few women to design collections for men, Nichanian
enjoys the technical aspects of fashion and is passionate
about details, exquisite materials, and colors—qualities
that characterize the Hermès spirit.
“I don’t make any compromises, because I want
Frisoni became Creative Director of Roger Vivier in 2004,
following in the footsteps of the legendary footwear designer
whose Pilgrim shoe adorned with its iconic buckle graced
the feet of Catherine Deneuve in Belle de jour. Born
in France to Italian parents, Frisoni began his career working
for designers such as Jean-Louis Scherrer, Lanvin, and Christian
Lacroix, and later went on to work with Yves Saint Laurent.
Frisoni launched his own shoe collection in 1999. At Roger
Vivier, Frisoni has reinvigorated the brand by updating signature
Vivier motifs—like the buckle and the Shock Heel—and
incorporating them into his modern designs.
“…I soon developed a passion for accessories
and especially for shoes. You just carry a bag with you whereas
a shoe is part of you.”
Theyskens was named Artistic Director for Nina Ricci
in November 2006. The Belgian-born designer dropped out of
La Cambre Art School in Brussels to launch his own label
in 1997 at the age of 20. Moving in his collections from
an uncompromising and radical design to a more romantic and
moody spirit, Theyskens revealed a singularly personal and
essential style. After presenting nine collections under
his own name, he joined the legendary House of Rochas in
2002 as Artistic Director. In 2005, he was a star Honoree
at Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars. In
2006, he was named Best International Designer by the Council
of Fashion Designers of America.
“I want to create a cool girl paradise at Nina Ricci,
something suitable for women from Manhattan to Paris to Tokyo.”
Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
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All three lectures
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Support for this series comes from
American Airlines, and the Cultural Services of the French
Fashion Month is sponsored in part by Créativité:
Made in France, Révolution by Design.