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8 Jun

Madame Carven Dies at 105

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PARIS ? Madame Carven, the French couturier who traveled the world with her collections and brought back a trove of exotic influences, died at the age of 105 here Monday. The doyenne of a generation that also included Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain, Marie-Louise Carven-Grog, born Carmen de Tommaso, launched her house in 1945 with the aim of dressing women of similarly small stature ? making her one of the rare women couturiers in Paris after Elsa Schiaparelli and Gabrielle Chanel. “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,” the 5-foot, 1-inch designer said in 1950. “But I wanted to retain...
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