(b Maisons-Laffitte, Sept 6, 1912; d Paris, Nov 13, 1954).
French fashion designer. Fath is considered one of the leading figures of post-war couture for his witty and youthful approach. Fath opened his house in 1937 and became an established success during World War II. After the war he emerged as a leading innovator, whose sharply cut and heavily structured designs rivalled those of Christian Dior. Fath’s career was cut short by his death in 1954 at the age of 42.
Fath was born into a family of creative individualists; his great-grandmother had been a noted dressmaker under the Second Empire and his grandfather René-Maurice Fath (1850–1922), a successful painter. Fath studied bookkeeping and business, eventually becoming a broker at the Paris Bourse while gaining the business acumen that would prove invaluable in his role as one of post-war couture’s leading designers.
Fath enrolled in classes at drama school, as well as pursuing evening courses in drawing and pattern-cutting. It was in this period that he met Geneviève Boucher, whom he would marry in ...