Keeping The Fath
The name Jacques Fath doesn’t ring as familiar as that of some of his contemporaries, Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain. But the couturier, who founded his namesake house in 1937 (it closed following the designer’s untimely death from leukemia in 1954), was considered one of the most influential of the post-war French designers, with an enviable client base—including Rita Hayworth, who wore a Fath gown to her wedding—and a few Hollywood gigs. (He designed costumes for Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s The Red Shoes, and the revered French noir Quai des Orfèvres.)
But Fath is on the rise again, much like the revived couture houses of Worth and Paquin, which are stirring to life in Paris. Fath is relaunching in the U.S. under the direction of Laurence Dumenil, whose first full line of accessories debuts for Spring ’11. Before that, though, a capsule collection, inspired by the house archives: Hand-made in a family-owned factory in Angers, France, styles like the Fidelity—pictured, and coming soon to L.A.’s Satine—hint at the label’s luxurious taste. It could very well find an appreciative audience again.