Brief History of Herve Leger

I just wanted to mention couple of facts from the life of one of my favorite designers. 

His real name is Herve Peugnet and at the early age of 23, fashion god, Karl Lagerfeld recognized his talent and took him under his training. During his career, he has contributed to the designs of Chanel, Lanvin, Fendi, Diane von Furstenburg, Chloe and Swarovski.

At age 28, he begins working for himself, creating the Herve Leger line. The first bandage dress was also the finale look of Herve Leger's 1989 runway show. 

He said: “The story of the dress is a very simple one. Before I started making clothes, I was a hairdresser, then a hat maker. One day in a factory I found some bands that were headed for the garbage. They gave me the idea of taking those bands and putting them next to one another as one does making a hat.”

In 1998, Max Azria acquired Hervé Léger: the first-ever acquisition of a French label by an American designer.

But he quickly fell out with the new owners, and in 1999 he lost control of the Léger name, which was retained by Mr. Azria, who called the new collection “Hervé Léger by Max Azria.”

In 2000, Mr. Léger founded his own independently financed fashion house, Herve L. Leroux, adopting a new surname that had again been suggested by his old friend and mentor Mr. Lagerfeld.

But he never again achieved the recognition or fame he found under his previous name, underscoring the creative and commercial struggles that can ensue when a designer’s name is no longer the designer’s.

Hervé L. Leroux, who created the figure-hugging bandage dresses forever beloved by celebrities and the jet set, and who became a fashion cautionary tale after he lost the rights to the name Léger, died in 2017 in Paris. He was 60.