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Madame Carven dies

Madame Carven dies

Nina Garcia has paid tribute to Madame Carven, who passed away yesterday at the age of 105.

The fashion icon, born Carmen de Tommaso, started her namesake label in Paris in 1945. She joined the liked of Elsa Schiaparelli and Gabrielle Chanel as one of the leading women in fashion.

Nina, who holds the post of creative director and US Marie Claire and also serves as a judge on Project Runway, has taken to her Twitter to pass on her condolences.

"RIP Carmen de Tomasso #MadameCarven (sic)," she posted.

Many fashion publications also broke the news on their social media pages, including Harpers Bazaar, W magazine and The Cut.

V Magazine thanked the late designer for her iconic looks.

"Rest In Peace, Madame Carven, and thank you. The great French couturier passes away, today, at 105 (sic)," V posted, adding three rose emojis.

Madame Carven, who stood at 5ft 1in, had always admitted she went into fashion to dress people who shared her own tiny frame.

"I decided to make haute couture outfits in my size because I was too short to wear the creations of the top couturiers, who only ever showed their designs on towering girls. But I wanted to retain my style - sober, practical and young, with a lot of sports garments," she said in 1950.

Carven is still one of the most respected fashion houses in the industry, and recently saw Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaud take over the helm from Guillaume Henry. The pair previously worked together at Givenchy, and showed their first Carven collection at Paris Fashion Week in March.

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