Famed Post-War Couturier Jacques Fath Reopens After Over Half-Century With Launch of Accessories Division

Aug 31, 2010, 13:30 ET from Jacques Fath

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NEW YORK, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Iconic Parisian couture house Jacques Fath has re-emerged after over fifty years with an accessories collection that gives air to the same mysterious edge, wild imagination, and playful excess that branded the couturier "Little Prince of Paris Haute Couture" of the 1950's.

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Under the creative direction of Laurence Dumenil, daughter of Parisian real-estate mogul Alain Dumenil, the collection projects an "atmosphere of Glitter, Chic, and Perfumed Excitement" that permeated both Fath's personal and professional life and distinguished the young, vibrant couture house from others of his period.

"He liked to give themed balls, where he would bring to life the decor and splendor of times past.  He had an ornate sense of showmanship, of disguise, of extravagance. "

- Savignon, Jeromine. Jacques Fath.  New York: Assouline, 2008.

Rooted in his eccentric personality, taste for decadent indulgence, and a touch of the unknown, Jacques Fath accessories fuse the couturier's mythical past with Dumenil's own avant-garde twist fostered during time spent at French luxury house Louis Feraud.

The result has been the re-discovery of the lost world of Fath, a quirky vintage wonderland suspended in reality, where evening clutches become tiny antique jewels, spritely relics unearthed from a bygone era, and day totes retain the enchantment of decades past while whispering to the future.

Fabricated from the finest materials, including lizard and python skins in murky hues, and off-set by original Fath detailing including jeweled clasps and moody  wooden closures, Jacques Fath accessories harbor secrets of long-forgotten Parisian soirees and enchanted smoke-veiled evenings waiting to be rediscovered.

About Jacques Fath

The House of Fath was established in Paris in 1937. Often credited as the predecessor of Dior's New Look and one of the first to introduce pret-a-porter to the American market, Fath is known equally for progressive design and the couturier's own extravagant lifestyle. Shortly after Fath's untimely death in 1954, the House of Fath ceased clothing and accessory production.  Today, the House of Fath lives on as a division of the Alliance Designers Group owned by Alain Dumenil. In September 2007, Laurence Dumenil was named head accessory designer at Jacques Fath, focusing her energies on the highly anticipated re-launch of the company's accessories division.

Jacques Fath Fall Winter 2010 is available for purchase online at www.evesapple.com.

Jacques Fath Spring Summer 2011 will be available for preview By Appointment Only September at [edite] showroom.

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