Edward Molyneux

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Edward Molyneux, 1922

Edward Molyneux (born September 5, 1891 in London , † March 22, 1974 in Monte Carlo ) was a French fashion designer of Huguenot-Irish descent.

Molyneux began as a fashion draftsman in an English fashion house in 1908 . He opened his own haute couture house in Paris in 1919 after serving in the British Army during the First World War , where he was appointed captain. Further branches existed in Monte Carlo , Cannes and in London .

Molyneux created a simple, feminine fashion style, especially in the 1930s. His clientele came mainly from the upper class: for example, he designed the trousseau for Wallis Simpson and dressed the Greek princess Marina, who later became the Duchess of Kent. Another prominent customer was Marlene Dietrich . He was characterized by smoothly falling evening wear . He also had a decisive influence on the creation of the little black dress, that simple, elegant shift dress that was an appropriate evening dress for a woman for most of the 20th century. For a long time, Pierre Balmain was also employed in Molyneux's atelier , and he had a decisive influence on American fashion , especially after the Second World War . Also Christian Dior pointed out that he was influenced by the krinolinenartigen skirts that Molyneux presented in the collection of the 1937th

In 1940 Molyneux emigrated from Paris to England, but was unable to build on his success as a fashion designer either there or in Paris after the Second World War. He closed his shops in Paris and London in 1950 and retired to Jamaica.

Individual evidence

  1. http://www.coletterie.com/fashion-history/edward-molyneux
  2. PARIS: Mailboxes on the waist . In: Der Spiegel . No. 7 , 1965 ( online ).