Marc Bohan

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A simple Dior Haute Couture evening gown designed by Marc Bohan, from the Spring 1983 collection

Marc Roger Maurice Louis Bohan, (born 22 August 1926, in Paris) is a French fashion designer, best known for his 30 year career at the house of Dior.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Bohan was born in Paris and grew up in Sceaux. As a child, Marc Bohan was encouraged into fashion by his mother who worked as a milliner.[2]

After school at the Lycée Lakanal, in 1945 he secured a job at Robert Piguet where he remained for four years.

In 1949 he accepted a job as an assistant to Edward Molyneux. He worked as a designer for Madeleine de Rauch in 1952, before briefly opening his own Paris salon and producing one collection in 1953. In 1954, Bohan was offered a job at Jean Patou, designing the haute couture collection, where he stayed until 1958.

Designer at Christian Dior[edit]

From 1958 to 1960 Bohan designed for the Christian Dior, London line. In September 1960, Dior’s creative director Yves Saint Laurent was called up for military service; Bohan was promoted to replace him.[3]

His deceptively-simple, elegant designs drew their inspiration from the 1920s, and rejected the extremes of contemporary fashion. One notable collection in 1966 was inspired by the Russian style of Dr Zhivago.[4]

Bohan's classic pieces are now found in museum collections around the world.[5] In 2009, the Musee Christian Dior at Granville held a major Bohan retrospective.[6]

In 1989 Bohan left Dior, before joining for the house of Norman Hartnell in London,[7] where he worked for the label until 1992. Bohan has since designed under his own name.

Notable clients[edit]

Bohan designed for Princess Grace of Monaco,[8] Lynn Wyatt, and Betsy Bloomingdale. Princess Grace supported Bohan by opening the Baby Dior boutique in 1967.[9]

Jacqueline Kennedy admired Bohan's designs and had them adapted by Oleg Cassini and Chez Ninon.[10]

In 1976, Bohan was chosen to design the wedding dress of Silvia Sommerlath at her wedding to King Carl Gustaf of Sweden.[11]

Two years later, he designed the wedding gown of Princess Caroline of Monaco for her 1978 wedding to Philippe Junot.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Bohan’s first wife, Dominique Gaborit, whom he married in 1950, died in 1962. He then married Huguette Rinjonneau. They had one daughter: Marie-Anne.

Bohan has a home at a restored 18th-century country house in Burgundy.[13]



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