Carmen De Tommaso
- Category : Fashion Designer
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Split - Small (32,38,39)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Planning 3
Marie-Louise Carven Grog- 1 , 2 , also known by her birth name Carmen de Tommaso 3 is a seamstress French born31 August 1909in Chatellerault in Vienna , founder of the house of Carven , married to Philippe Mallet (brother of Robert Mallet-Stevens ), then Grog René (1896-1981) Swiss industrialist. It is Righteous Among the Nations in 2000 and Commander of the Order of the Legion of Honour in 2009.
She studied architecture and interior design at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and then headed for fashion, small size (it measures 1.55 m ), it's hard to dress. After the pseudonym Mrs. Carven (born contraction of his first and last name of her aunt, Mrs. Boyriven, which took her younger visit the couture houses of Paris), in 1945 she founded the house of couture that bears his name, the same year Pierre Balmain . The dedication comes rapidly in 1949, Jacqueline Francis sings "dresses Carven" in the song Mademoiselle de Paris . With corset Lebigeot Rose, she invents the bin (1950).
It will as customers actresses like Martine Carol , Leslie Caron and Michèle Morgan or even the singer Édith Piaf . It also carries the wedding dress of Mrs. Valéry Giscard d'Estaing 4 .
It is among the first to present his collections abroad (Brazil, Portugal, Egypt, Iran) and introduced into his creations on ethnic grounds ( boubou African, batiks Indonesian embroidery raffia and cotton oriental motifs).
Her dresses also are very popular among Japanese women, often small, because it can give them the centimeters they lack. It deserves its nickname of "the smallest of couturiers" given by the journalist Lucien François 5 .
Didier Grumbach points out that "it was the first to dare to ready-to-wear, it was revolutionary" .
She donated a hundred works of French objects xviii th century the Louvre 6 in 1973, donation for which it receives the "distinctions great patron and major donor of the Ministry of Culture" 7 . On this occasion, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres tell Carmen de Tommaso that "she has been instrumental in imposing French elegance as an international reference 8 " . The Louvre opens a room Grog-Carven in 1997 1
She retired in 1993 and was made ??Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in October 1995 by the Minister of Culture Philippe Douste-Blazy. In 1999, she founded under law 1901 René Grog / Marie-Louise Carven Association.
In August 2000, she was recognized as Righteous Among the Nations 9 , 10 .
She was promoted to Commander of the Order of the Legion of Honor 2 , 11 , 12 , 13 in 2009.