photo 1‘He had this extraordinary gift of transforming a piece of fabric, without having to adorn it with bits and bobs, it was almost as if, at least to the eye, he hadn’t even touched it. He was not the type of man to add little pleats so that it hung well. During his entire career at Lanvin, I never once saw him produce an outfit which looked ‘constructed’. Everything happened naturally, you didn’t notice the technical stroke of genius. I remember outfits which gave the impression of being little more than simple pieces of knotted fabric. But if you undid these knots, you would discover that the drape over the hip was in fact secretely intended, thanks to an invisible seam, and that an inconspicuous tuck, allowed what seemed little more than a happy coincidence to be adjusted’  Claude Brouet