Fashion designer Hervé Leroux, formerly Hervé Léger, died on Oct. 6 as confirmed by the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode. He was 60 years old.
He was the man behind the famous skin-tight bandage dress which was in vogue among supermodels and celebrities from the late ’90s until the ’00s.
Hervé started out as a milliner until he began working with Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel and Fendi in the ’80s. From 1984 to 1985, he introduced his own label. He then made his mark through various designs along with freelance work for Lanvin and a 54-piece collection, focused on designs with a “body-conscious silhouette.”
It is with deep sadness that we observe the passing of our brand founder, Hervé Léger. Hervé invented our iconic bandage dress and forever transformed women’s fashion. His glamourous dresses and gowns emphasized a woman’s body like no other designer. Rest in peace, we will remember you always. #RIP #HerveLeger
In 1998, his brand was bought by BCBG Max Azria. After losing the rights to use his name for commercial purposes, Hervé took on the name Leroux. Under this name, he would still continue to accept custom design orders.
Upon the news of his passing, Cindy Crawford and Dita Von Teese posted about the memories the designer left behind.
Very sad that we are forced to say farewell to the genius @hervelegerleroux. I’m so grateful to have called him my friend after being introduced as “the ultimate” by @suzannevonaichinger and @alimahdaviparis. He made the most exquisite dresses that showcased a woman’s beauty, rather than distracting from it. I’ll always treasure my afternoons in his atelier just next to @maisonladuree, trying on dress after dress, really just for the fun of it. Hervé would exclaim “THIS dress, this dress is for YOU!” …and occasionally, “…non, not this one. NEXT!!” We would have the best time, I honestly could have only ever worn his dresses. @hervelegerleroux IS Herve Léger (he had to change his name and start over) and he is the inventor and only true master of the iconic bandage dress. And I’d say he was the only dressmaker that could accomplish a truly modern Madame Grès goddess gown. I loved him for his wit, his candor, his sublime elegance and of course, his talent, which, came from authentic obsession, with no care for the commerciality of fashion. I’m so sad to see him go, and so abruptly. We’ve lost one of the fashion greats. My heart breaks for his constant companion, our dear Jocelyn @hervelegersister Thank you, Dear Hervé, for all of it. Rest in glamour, you’ll never be forgotten. #herveleger #herveleroux
Photo courtesy of Vogue UK
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