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Founder of Chloé, Gaby Aghion, dies

Gaby Aghion, founder of French fashion house Chloé, died at her Paris home on Saturday (September 27), aged 93.

Egyptian born Aghion co-founded Chloé in 1952 with business partner Jacques Lenoir. Many high profile designers developed their careers at the label including Karl Lagerfeld, who was named head designer in 1966. Aghion said Lagerfeld “truly created the Chloé identity”.

“Evanescent, ephemeral, fluid, light as air, his clothing expressed the freedom and fantasies of an entire generation,” she added.

In 1985 Aghion sold her holdings in Chloé to the Richemont luxury group, but attended every Chloé catwalk show during the Paris season since. Last December she received France’s highest distinction the Legion of Honour.

Yesterday’s Chloé spring 2015 ready-to-wear show at Paris Fashion Week was dedicated to Aghion.

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