The Lady who helped develop French fashion!

Countess Jacqueline de Ribes has through time been seen as the ultimate personification of Parisian elegance. Now the fashion icons beautiful haute couture creations and ready-to-wear dresses are such an experience that they are exhibited in museums worldwide.

Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, born 1929, was a muse to some of histories most important haute couture creators such as Yves Saint Laurent. Also, she was the face of photographer Richard Avedons succesful images.

Mostly she designed her own haute couture dresses, which brought her a nomination for the Eleanor Lambert’s Best-Dressed List and after four nominations she was accepted to the International Best-Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1962.

Because of her talent and experience within the fashion world she founded her own very succesful design company in 1982. Unfortunately, she had to close down after 13 years. But still, Jacqueline de Ribes has managed to inspire new generations of designers – for instance, the French fashion couturier Jean Paul Gaultier dedicated his haute couture spring/summer 1999 collection to her, with the words ‘Devine Jacquline’.

Countess Jacqueline de Ribes was also honored for her philanthropical and cultural contributions by receiving the French order of merit Légion d’Honneur from the formor President Nicolas Sarkozy.

To many she was the quintessence of Parisian elegance.