Inès de La Fressange

Inès de La Fressange

She studied at the school to the institution of La Tournelle, to Courgent, and then to the institute Our Lady of Mantes la Jolie in the Yvelines where she obtained her tray and finally to the School of the Louvre in Paris.  She started in 1974 at the age of seventeen years a modeling career. She was dubbed by some the “manikin who speaks “.

In 1975 at the age of eighteen years, La Fressange appears for the first time in pictures made by Oliviero Toscani for Elle magazine, then parade for Thierry Mugler and then for other designers.  From 1983 to 1989, Karl Lagerfeld the chooses as first lady of the house of haute couture Chanel in Paris had regard to its remarkable physical likeness with Coco Chanel, founder of the maison Chanel disappeared in 1971. She was the first model to sign an exclusive contract with a house of haute couture and the first model to become a star ultra publicized and popular in the history of the modelling.

She was chosen in 1989 as a model of the bust of Marianne.  Because of her exclusive contract, Karl Lagerfeld asks her to refuse to install in Marianne declaring ‘I don’t want to dress a monument, it is too vulgar! “.  Inès posed anyway and her contract was broken after a legal battle.  At 33 years old, she married on 19 June 1990 at Tarascon Luigi D’Urso, a businessman and Marchand of Italian art, they had two girls, Nine in 1994 and violet in 1999.

In 1991, Inès created her own brand, “Inès de La Fressange” and its own store of ready-to-wear and various articles and fragrances at 12 the avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, in financial association with the luxury group Orcofi. Her success was immediate in particular in France, the United States and Japan.