Early life and career
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
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.
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.
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.
- Sports Illustrated Designer of the Year award, 1963;
- Schiffli Lace and Embroidery Institute award, 1963;
- Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, 1979;
- Ordre de Saint Charles, Monaco.
- Fashion Encyclopedia http://www.fashionencyclopedia.com/Bo-Ch/Bohan-Marc.html#b
- Catwalk Yourself: Marc Bohan http://www.catwalkyourself.com/fashion-biographies/marc-bohan/
- On this day in fashion http://onthisdayinfashion.com/?p=6078
- Marc Bohan biography http://www.fashionmodeldirectory.com/designers/marc-bohan/
- FIDM Museum http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2012/01/marc-bohan-for-christian-dior-c-1966.html
- Exhibition catalogue http://www.musee-dior-granville.com/documents2/ftp/287/000/001/787/1787794_8048_bohan_dp_gb.pdf
- LA Times: Designer finds new home at Hartnell http://articles.latimes.com/1991-02-01/news/vw-419_1_norman-hartnell
- Order of Splendor: Queen Silvia’s gown http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/wedding-wednesday-queen-silvias-gown.html
- Order of Splendor: Princess Caroline’s dresses http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/wedding-wednesday-princess-carolines.html