Madame Carven Passes Away at 105

Madame Carven — born Carmen de Tommaso — founded her namesake fashion house in 1945.
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Madame Carven — born Carmen de Tommaso — founded her namesake fashion house in 1945.
Madame Carven at her 100th birthday. Photo: Foc Kan/Getty Images

Madame Carven at her 100th birthday. Photo: Foc Kan/Getty Images

On Monday, the French couturier Madame Carven passed away in Paris at the age of 105, a spokesperson for the house confirmed.

Born in 1909 as Carmen de Tommasso, Carven was a contemporary of Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior but one of the few women on the scene, opening her namesake fashion house in 1945 — the same year Balmain founded his own. (As the legend goes, she did so with the intention of designing for petite women like herself.) Over the course of her career, Carven designed ready-to-wear, film costumes, bridal gowns and airline uniforms.

Most recently, Carven brought Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud on board as its new creative directors in 2015, after Guillaume Henry, who joined the label in 2009 to give it a contemporary feel, decamped for Nina Ricci.

News of her passing was first reported by WWD.