Gaby Aghion, who founded Parisian fashion house Chloé in 1952, has died, aged 93.
The news was confirmed by current Chloé CEO Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye.
Aghion will be remembered as a fashion visionary, who sought to break away from the formality of couture and bring a lightness and softness to her designs, pioneering the concept of ready-to-wear.
Chloé has since been a hotbed for nurturing phenomenal design talent – Karl Lagerfeld, Martine Sitbon, Stella McCartney and Phoebe Philo are all among its alumni – and over the years had expanded into accessories and fragrance with significant success.
One of Aghion's final wishes was that her passing shouldn't 'overwhelm' the show, WWD reports.