Inès de La Fressange

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Inès de La Fressange
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Inès de La Fressange, 2009
Born (1957-08-11) 11 August 1957 (age 59)
Gassin, Var, France
Spouse(s) Luigi d'Urso
(1990-2006, his death)
Children 4
Parent(s) André de Seignard, Marquis de La Fressange
Cecilia Sánchez-Cirez
Modeling information
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Hair color brown
Eye color brown
Manager The Marilyn Agency: Paris
Ford: New York City[1]

Inès Marie Lætitia Églantine Isabelle de Seignard de La Fressange, born 11 August 1957, is a French model, aristocrat, style icon, fashion designer and perfumer.[2] She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1998.[3]


La Fressange was born in Gassin, Var, France, the daughter of André de Seignard, Marquis de La Fressange (b. 1932), a French stockbroker, and his wife, the former Cecilia "Lita" Sánchez-Cirez, an Argentine model. She grew up in an 18th-century mill outside Paris with two brothers, Emmanuel and Yvan. Her paternal grandmother was Simone Lazard (Marquise de La Fressange, Madame Maurice Petsche, Madame Louis Jacquinot), an heiress to the Lazard banking fortune.

Tall at 180 cm (5'11") and with a weight of 50 kg (110 lb), 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.[2] However, in 1989, Lagerfeld and 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.[4]

On 9 June 1990, in Tarascon, France, she married Luigi d'Urso (1951-2006), an Italian railroad executive, who died in 2006.[5][6] Luigi was the son of Alessandro d'Urso, and his wife, Donna Clothilde Serra di Cassano (daughter of Don Luigi Serra, 9th Duke di Cassano, and Elizabeth Grant; and great-granddaughter of George Clymer, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, having signed both the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the United States Constitution in 1787).[7][8][9] Luigi and Inès had two daughters, Nine Marie d'Urso (born 1994) and Violette Marie d'Urso (born 1999).[10] She also has two stepdaughters, Clotilde d'Urso and India d'Urso, the daughters of Luigi d'Urso by his first wife, Guendalina Levier.

She walked the runway for Gaultier during an event, at age 51.[2] She also walked the Chanel spring-summer 2011 show.[11]

La Fressange and fashion journalist Sophie Gachet are the authors of Parisian Chic, a Style Guide.[12]



  1. ^ a b [1] FMD
  2. ^ a b c Colchester, Max (28 January 2009), "Gaultier’s 51-Year-Old Runway Star: Inès de La Fressange", Wall Street Journal 
  3. ^ Vanity Fair Archived 12 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Greenhouse, Steven (18 August 1989), "PARIS JOURNAL; After Bastille Day: Liberty, Equality and Royalty", New York Times 
  5. ^ Tomasson, Robert (9 June 1990), "Chronicle", New York Times 
  6. ^ WWD Staff (30 March 2006), "Obituary: Luigi d'Urso Dies at 52", Women's Wear Daily 
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  9. ^ [3]
  10. ^ "The Ines thing" at Daily Telegraph
  11. ^ Fashionista
  12. ^ [4]

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