Gerard Piparts, one of France’s leading couturiers, most famous for his work at Nina Ricci, died on Friday. He was 79.
Pipart began his career with Pierre Balmain at age 16, which catapulted him to work with the likes of Givenchy, Jean Patou and Chloe. While at Chloe, he created a brand that was modern and classic. In 1964, the designer moved on to Nina Ricci as the chief designer. He remained there for 35 years until he retired.
“He was a central figure at a pivotal moment for fashion. He was considered at the time as one of the most talented designers. He was extremely inventive and creative, and broke with accepted codes of the time,” said Didier Grumbach, the president of France’s fashion governing body of the designer.
Pipart’s services will be held Wednesday in the West of France.
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