Rest in peace, Herve L. Leroux.
News of the French designer’s unexpected death broke on Friday and confirmed by the Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode. He was 60.
Leroux was best known as the creator of the bandage dress, made famous in the ’90s and ’00s on the red carpet by countless stars like supermodel Cindy Crawford and Kim Kardashian West.
Leroux met fellow designer Karl Lagerfeld in the early ’80s, before going on to launch his Hervè Leger brand in 1985. There, he created the bandage dress, a bodycon style that hugged a woman’s curves.
Crawford shared a photo of herself with Leroux, fitting her with a red version of his signature dress.
“Remembering the man who created the bandage dress, which held you in all the right places. Rip #HerveLeger” Crawford wrote in the caption.
Burlesque dancer and model Dita Von Teese also posted a tribute to the designer, thanking him for making “the most exquisite dresses that showcased a woman’s beauty, rather than distracting from it.”
“Thank you, Dear Hervé, for all of it. Rest in glamour, you’ll never be forgotten,” she added.
Very sad that we are forced to say farewell to the genius @hervelegerleroux. I’m so grateful to have called him my friend after being introduced as “the ultimate” by @suzannevonaichinger and @alimahdaviparis. He made the most exquisite dresses that showcased a woman’s beauty, rather than distracting from it. I’ll always treasure my afternoons in his atelier just next to @maisonladuree, trying on dress after dress, really just for the fun of it. Hervé would exclaim “THIS dress, this dress is for YOU!” …and occasionally, “…non, not this one. NEXT!!” We would have the best time, I honestly could have only ever worn his dresses. @hervelegerleroux IS Herve Léger (he had to change his name and start over) and he is the inventor and only true master of the iconic bandage dress. And I’d say he was the only dressmaker that could accomplish a truly modern Madame Grès goddess gown. I loved him for his wit, his candor, his sublime elegance and of course, his talent, which, came from authentic obsession, with no care for the commerciality of fashion. I’m so sad to see him go, and so abruptly. We’ve lost one of the fashion greats. My heart breaks for his constant companion, our dear Jocelyn @hervelegersister Thank you, Dear Hervé, for all of it. Rest in glamour, you’ll never be forgotten. #herveleger #herveleroux
Crawford also paid tribute recently to another designer, Gianni Versace, when she walked the runway with other famous supermodels for the Versace show during Milan Fashion Week. For more on the touching moment, watch the video below.
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