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French designer Hervé Léger, creator of the iconic ‘bandage’ dress, has died

French designer Hervé Léger

French designer Hervé Léger has died

French designer Hervé Peugnet, better known as Hervé Léger, has died following an aneurysm, aged only 60.
He first came to prominence in the mid-80s when bodycon dressing was the biggest trend. Both he and Azzedine Alaïa were known for their ‘bandage dresses’ created from strips of stretch viscose, and while Alaïa offered a much wider approach to design, Peugnet/Léger was later dubbed ‘Curvy Hervé’ as he specialised in the bandage dress from then on.
His looks were worn by celebrities and supermodels, including Karen Mulder, Naomi Campbell, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and many others.

Canadian group Seagram later took control of the company and sales rose fast. However, Seagram sold the Hervé Léger label to BCBG Max Azria in 1998 and a year later he was ousted and lost the rights to the name.

He started again in 2000 with a new label, Hervé L Leroux, and opened a store in Paris based on his couture and gown work. His ready-to-wear line was axed after the 2008 financial crisis but he was back in the spotlight by 2013 with a place on the official Haute Couture calendar and showcasing his clothes at Colette in Paris.

Its unclear whether he had been ill for some time. The designer had suspended his signature business in May, saying that he needed “to reflect, and to infuse my style with fresh zest. I feel I must develop my creativity along new avenues, working with other luxury industry players, and to conceive a new project for my label.”

His funeral service will take place on Friday morning in Paris.

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