Tis that time again folks, a little vintage history for you on what is definitely a very wet and grey Wednesday afternoon. (well it is in Galway))
Jacques Fath is one of the names you hear spoken about when people are referring to the big fashion houses of the 1940’s and 50’s. Born in France in 1912, Fath had a relatively short fashion career, as he passed away in 1954 only 17 years after his name had become known in the fashion world.
Coming from a creative family background (dressmakers, illustrators and painters) , Fath taught himself how to design, he never sketched his work, preferring to drape material straight on to the body. Although he was originally trained as a milliner, he showed his first clothing collection in Paris in 1937. He was well known and sought after due to his ability to flatter the female form, with fitted bodices that emphasized the curve of the bust and hip. He favored bright colors and his dresses often featured asymmetrical necklines and drapery or pleats in the skirts for added movement.
It has been said that it was his work that inspired Dior’s New Look in 1947. He designed Rita Hayworths wedding dress for her wedding to Prince Aly Khan, and some of the assistants he had later went on to open their own fashion houses. Hubert de Givenchy, Guy Laroche, and Valentino Garavani.
Fath was very good looking, as was his wife, a former model and secretary for Coco Chanel. They were both huge socialites and extremely well liked in social circles. While I was looking up info on him, I found some speculation that he was in fact gay and his wife a lesbian. Hmmmm. (dont believe everything you read ) Either way, I found what I could find about him fascinating and its a shame leukemia took his life at the very early age of 42. (I have already purchased a book on amazon to find out more!)
His wife took over the company after his death in 54 but it stopped producing fashion lines in 1957. Since then the brand name has been bought by several different companies (bought by Loreal in 1992) has produced many fragrances and accessories. Such a shame, Fath died young, I have no doubt his name would be just as big as Dior if he hadn’t. X