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Mainbocher (Main Rousseau Bocher)

Born: 1891 AD
Died: 1976 AD, at 85 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Fashion Designer


1891 - Main Rousseau Bocher was born.

         - He studied art at the University of Chicago and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.

1929 - He established his own fashion house, designing expensive, elegant haute couture dresses and gowns for an exclusive clientele, and charging them for the privilege of viewing his collections.

1937 - He is best known for designing Wallis Simpson's wedding dress and trousseau for her marriage to the former Edward VIII which was photographed by Cecil Beaton.

1939 - He relocated his business to New York on 57th Street next to Tiffany's.

1950 - Mainbocher was commissioned to design the costumes for Ethel Merman in the Broadway musical Call Me Madam.

1976 - Main Rousseau Bocher died.

         - Mainbocher and twenty-three other American fashion designers were honored with bronze plaques on New York City's "Fashion Walk of Fame" in the legendary garment district.


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