Gaby Aghion, founder of the luxury ready-to-wear brand Chloé, died Saturday morning at the age of 93. WWD reports that one of her last wishes was that her death not detract from Chloé’s spring 2015 fashion show, taking place Sunday in Paris.
The Egyptian-born designer began the feminine, figure-flattering label in 1953, along with business partner Jacques Lenoir, as an alternative to the more formal fashions of the time. She stepped down from the company in 1985, when Chloé was bought by Compagnie Financière Richemont Group. Throughout her career, she had a penchant for discovering young new French up-and-comers, including Karl Lagerfeld, who she hired as head designer in 1966. She was recognized with the French Legion of Honor award in 2013.
She is survived by her son and his two children. Her husband of 69 years, Raymond Aghion, died in 2009.