Chloé Founder Gaby Aghion Dies at 93

The grandmother of French ready-to-wear passed away in her home in Paris on Saturday.
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The grandmother of French ready-to-wear passed away in her home in Paris on Saturday.
Gaby Aghion in 2013. Photo: Dominique Charriau/Getty Images

Gaby Aghion in 2013. Photo: Dominique Charriau/Getty Images

Gaby Aghion, the founder of French fashion house Chloé, died at age 93 on Saturday. Chloé's spring 2015 ready-to-wear show, scheduled to take place in Paris on Saturday afternoon, will be dedicated to her memory, the house announced.

Aghion -- whom the company describes as a "dark beauty and a bohemian spirit" -- was born to a Parisian family in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1921. She moved to Paris in 1945 and launched Chloé seven years later with business partner Jacques Lenoir. At the time, haute couture dominated in Paris (Christian Dior wouldn't launch his ready-to-wear label, Miss Dior, until 1967), but Aghion was forward-thinking in starting out the gate with ready-to-wear, offering soft, shapely clothes in luxe fabrics that could be worn with little to no alteration.

Aghion was also remarkable for spotting talented designers: She hired Karl Lagerfeld as Chloé's head designer in 1966. And though she sold her shares in the company to the Richemont Group in 1985, she continued to be involved in the label, attending shows and offering her feedback on the collections to the designers who succeeded her: Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo and Clare Wright Keller, who has been creative director of Chloé since 2011.

According to WWD, one of Aghion's final wishes was that her passing should not distract from Chloé’s show on Sunday.

Gaby Aghion with Karl Lagerfeld in 2012. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Gaby Aghion with Karl Lagerfeld in 2012. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images