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born Inès Marie Laetitia Églantine Isabelle de SEIGNARD de LA FRESSANGE

French model and designer of fashion and perfumes

Source :  Béatrice HANNECART

Born: on August 11, 1957 in Gassin, Var, France  (63 years)


De la Fressange was born in Gassin, Var, France, the daughter of André de Seignard de La Fressange (b. 1932) (a marquis), a French stockbroker, and Cecilia Sánchez Cirez, an Argentine model. She grew up in an 18th-century mill outside Paris with three brothers. Her grandmother was Madame Simone Jacquinot, heiress to the Lazard banking fortune.

In the 1980s, she became the first model to sign an exclusive modeling contract with an haute couture fashion house, Chanel, by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, whose muse she became. However, in 1989, Lagerfeld and De la Fressange had an argument and parted company. Likely this argument was, at least in part, regarding her decision to lend her likeness to a bust of Marianne, the ubiquitous symbol of the French republic. Lagerfeld reputedly condemned her decision, saying that Marianne was the embodiment of "everything that is boring, bourgeois, and provincial" and that he would not dress up historic monuments.

In 1990, she married Luigi d'Urso. (d. March 23, 2006), an Italian railroad executive, with whom she had two daughters.

As of 2009, De la Fressange does not model often. She has been a businesswoman with a chain of clothing boutiques, a designer, and a consultant for Jean-Paul Gaultier. She presented a creation by Gaultier for his Spring/Summer 2009 haute couture collection at the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week and walked the runway for Gaultier during the event, at age 51.

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