Leroux created the bandage dress, the staple party dress of the ‘90s and ‘00s
Hervé L. Leroux, the master of bodycon, has died at 60. The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode announced his death via a statement on Friday. Leroux got his start working for Fendi and Chanel before launching his own label, Hervé Léger, in 1985.
A 1992 Los Angeles Times review described his fall ‘92 collection of “short, tight, two-tone striped dresses of rayon bands as firm as girdles.” Before that show, Leroux said, “To me, long and wide-cut clothes look sad. I’m keeping skirts short. The world is in crisis, we don’t need fashion to be dreary too.”
In 1999, the brand was bought by BCBG Max Azria, and Leroux lost commercial use of his name. He designed, as Vogue dubbed them, “red carpet confections” for countless celebrities such as Cate Blanchett and Jessica Chastain. Dita Von Teese posted a tribute to Leroux on Instagram:
“I’d say he was the only dressmaker that could accomplish a truly modern Madame Grès goddess gown,” she wrote. “I loved him for his wit, his candor, his sublime elegance and of course, his talent, which came from authentic obsession, with no care for the commerciality of fashion…Thank you, Dear Hervé, for all of it.”