Earlier this month, the fashion world said goodbye to one of its icon. A true genius, Hervé Léger, born Hervé L. Leroux , was the man behind the bandage dress and the resurgence of female confidence in the 90’s!
Hervé started out in the industry by working at fashion shows- where he learned how to create hats and dresses. Later in 1985, the designer founded his fashion house after working as Karl Lagerfeld’s assistant at Fendi & Chanel.
There are very few times one can boast they have worked with, or even simply rubbed shoulders with, a pioneer in their industry. And one could further argue that with the passing of Yves, we lost all the greats– but we insist a few still live on, Azzedine Alaïa, Karl Lagerfeld (who we believe may be immortal), and of course, there was Herve.
We reminisce his career through the online posts from friends, acquaintances, customers, and mourning fans.
“ Remembering #HerveLeger— whose dresses held you in in all the right places. Rip ”
Dita Von Teese
“Very sad that we are forced to say farewell to the genius @hervelegerleroux. I’m so grateful to have called him my friend after being introduced as “the ultimate” by @suzannevonaichingerand @alimahdaviparis. He made the most exquisite dresses that showcased a woman’s beauty, rather than distracting from it. I’ll always treasure my afternoons in his atelier just next to @maisonladuree, trying on dress after dress, really just for the fun of it. Hervé would exclaim “THIS dress, this dress is for YOU!” …and occasionally, “…non, not this one. NEXT!!” We would have the best time, I honestly could have only ever worn his dresses. @hervelegerleroux IS Herve Léger (he had to change his name and start over) and he is the inventor and only true master of the iconic bandage dress. And I’d say he was the only dressmaker that could accomplish a truly modern Madame Grès goddess gown. I loved him for his wit, his candor, his sublime elegance and of course, his talent, which, came from authentic obsession, with no care for the commerciality of fashion. I’m so sad to see him go, and so abruptly. We’ve lost one of the fashion greats. My heart breaks for his constant companion, our dear Jocelyn @hervelegersister Thank you, Dear Hervé, for all of it. Rest in glamour, you’ll never be forgotten. #herveleger#herveleroux”
Susan Holmes McKagan
“I would literally save up all my paychecks and go and wait, and stalk the girls that worked at Hervé and just get all the new colors.”
“To 1 of the greats,#HerveLeger RIP.A kind gentle talented & respectful man. I’ll always treasure the dresses u personally fit to me. xx Vera”
“ Hervé Leger designed the dress I wore to the @theacademy Oscars when @tomhanks won for Forrest Gump. I loved this dress. It was so comfortable. I felt like myself. I didn’t get to keep it. It was loaned. But, years later, I asked if the dress could be donated to an auction for HIV/AIDS and he willingly and generously gave it without hesitation. May he Rest In Peace. #herveleger #oscars #bandagedress”