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- Emmanuelle Khanh
- Paris France
- Fashion Designer Artist Illustrator
Emmanuelle Khanh was born in Paris in 1937. She worked as a model for BALENCIAGA in the mid 50's and later for GIVENCHY. In 1959 she realized that haute couture was appealing only to a small portion of a larger potential audience. She believed the time was right for rebellion against the strictures of haute couture, and she was not alone in this thinking—during this time, Daniel Hechter created a style between comfort and sportswear, Cacharel redesigned its shirts, Michele Rosier began to create a cosmic line of windbreakers and anoraks, Chantal Thomass created her minidresses, Elie and Jacqueline Jacobson created Dorothée Bis, and Sonia Rykiel launched her knitwear line. Khanh began to make attractive clothing for the masses. Her individuality quickly caught on in France, where she modeled and sold the clothes herself. In 1960 the magazine IT carried an article about Khanh and her work and her modern fashions soon reached the U.S. and were in demand in major department stores. The clothes Khanh had been making for herself, with the help of her husband, Quasar Khanh, were then noticed by Elle magazine. This exposure led to Khanh's collaboration with another ex-Balenciaga model, Christiane Bailly, to design their own groundbreaking Emmachristie collection in 1962. Then she joined Dorothee Bis for a brief period and also worked for CACHAREL from 1962 to 1967. In 1970, Khanh established her own business. She continued to work freelance while pursuing her own lines, designing for Missoni, Krizia and Max Mara. In 1972 she created her ready-to-wear label.
Her house continues and is at present owned by the France Luxury Group, which owns Jean-Louis Scherrer and Jacques Fath. In 1982 Khanh released a line of clothing under her own name and, in 1987, created Emmanuelle Khanh International. Some 150 boutiques around the world attest to her lasting popularity.