LEGENDS ARE BORN IN PARISTHE YOUNG PAULINE TRIGÈRE DREAMS OF BECOMING A SURGEON. INSTEAD, SHE MASTERS THE ART OF COUTURE
Pauline Trigére is born in Paris to Cécile, a dressmaker, and Alexandre, a tailor that crafts bespoke suits for émigré Russian aristocrats. Trigère designs her first dress in her early teens, however at this age she is more interested in becoming a surgeon than in designing fashion. Her father Alexandre forbids her from studying medicine.
PLACE VENDÔMETHE BIRTHPLACE OF COUTURE
After graduating from Collège Victor Hugo near Paris in Issy-les-Moulineaux, Trigère begins working in the salon of Martial & Armand. The Parisian Couture House is located in the Place Vendôme, where Trigère masters the rarefied techniques of Haute-Couture cut and construction.
SEDUCED BY NEW YORKNEW BEGINNINGS IN THE NEW WORLD
Concerned with the rise of Hitler, Pauline Trigère and her husband resolve to leave Paris with their two infant children. The family embarks for Buenos Aires. In what was to be a brief stopover in New York, Trigère is enraptured by the city. She and her family determine to settle in Manhattan. Trigère recalled; ''New York captured my heart”. The couturière’s talent is quickly noticed and she is offered work at several New York fashion houses.
LA MAISON TRIGÈRETHE BIRTH OF THE LEGEND
Vehemently opposed to his young wife working, Pauline Trigère’s husband unexpectedly deserts her and their children. Relying upon talent and determination, Trigère establishes her own New York Maison de Couture. Madame borrows $1500 and sells a pair of her diamond earrings from her personal jewellery collection to finance the new business. Her impeccable mastery of French styling attracts important couture customers and major retail buyers across North America and Europe. Within three years the House of Trigère is widely renowned.
ALL HAIL THE NEW QUEENTRIGÈRE IS CROWNED THE QUEEN OF COUTURE
Anointed by the press as “The Queen of Fashion”, Pauline Trigère assumes her rightful position at the apex of New York Couture. Often referred to as “America’s Coco Chanel", Trigère is sophisticated, elegant, and never afraid to speak her mind; a larger-than-life personality who embodies the essence of timeless, gallic chic. With her signature dark glasses, perfectly coiffed grey hair, and throaty French accent, Trigère dominates New York fashion for more than 50 years.
1950 - 1958
TRIGÈRE ICONSLEGENDS WEAR TRIGÈRE
Fascination with Trigère continues to grow. Madame dresses the most elegant women of her day. Both Hollywood stars and European royalty worship the Cult of Trigère. Her couture clients include Grace Kelly, The Duchess of Windsor, Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lee Radziwill, Lena Horne, Elizabeth Taylor, Josephine Baker, Mrs. John Hay Whitney, Evelyn Lauder, Nancy Kissinger, Happy Rockefeller, Dina Merrill, Bette Davis and Catherine Deneuve.
Sophisticated, Elegant, and timeless, Trigère fuses the legacies of European and American Haute-Couture. Her accolades are many: three Coty Awards, inclusion in the Coty Hall of Fame, the National Cotton Council Award, The Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion. In addition to the haute couture, Maison Trigère introduces prêt-à-porter, parfums, lingerie, and haute-joaillerie collections.
1961 - 1962
TRIGÈRE IN HISTORYMADAME TRIGÈRE CREATES HISTORY AS SHE DESIGNS FOR HOLLYWOOD AND BREAKS DOWN RACIAL BARRIERS
In the midst of the civil rights era, Trigère makes history in becoming the first major House to hire an African-American model, Beverly Valdes, to model in a runway show. In response to retail accounts that consequently cancel their orders, Pauline Trigère scoffs, "We won't miss them."
Pauline Trigère, along with Hubert de Givenchy, is appointed to design the wardrobes of the iconic Hollywood film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Adapted from a novella by Truman Capote and staring Audrey Hepburn and Patricia Neal, the film is an elegant, timeless masterpiece that continues to enchant.
1972 - 1976
VIVE LA FRANCE!TRIGÈRE IS HONOURED BY HER NATIVE FRANCE WITH IT’S HIGHEST AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS
The signature parfum “TRIGÈRE Liquid Chic” is launched.
Pauline Trigère receives both the Silver and the Vermeil medals of the City of Paris as well as the French Legion of Honour, the highest distinction that can be conferred to a French civilian.
THE QUEEN OF FASHION MEETS THE QUEEN OF CINEMA!TRIGÈRE DRESSES MERYL STREEP FOR HER TRIUMPHANT OSCAR WIN
Meryl Streep wears Trigère Couture while accepting her first Oscar for her performance in "Kramer vs. Kramer”. Trigère creates a bespoke white gown and matching high-collared jacket for Streep to wear to the 1980 Academy Awards. The ensemble is hand embroidered with tiny, colourful square embellishments on the bust and along the jacket's length.
MAISON TRIGÈRE TURNS 50THE GLITTERATI GATHER TO CELEBRATE MADAME TRIGÈRE
Madame Trigère becomes the first designer to celebrate fifty years of continual business activity in the fashion industry. In 1992 she is commemorated with a retrospective show of her work and is fêted with a legendary ball in her honour at Lincoln Center, attended by royalty, social luminaries and Hollywood celebrities.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America bestows Trigère with the Lifetime Achievement Award. A retrospective exhibition is held at the Kent State University Museum, the repository of several of her earliest garments and sketchbooks that chronicle each of her early collections. Trigère is further immortalized with an induction into the New York Fashion Walk of Fame.
Pauline Trigère officially retires at age 85.
AU REVOIR, QUEEN PAULINETRIGÈRE’S PASSING MARKS THE END OF THE ERA OF ELEGANCE
Time finally catches up with Madame Trigére in February 2002, when the 93-year-old couturière passes away at her New York City home on Central Park West.
She’d told friends that she had left instructions that she wanted to be cremated wearing her trademark bright red lipstick. ''What does it matter?'' one friend asked. ''Who will know whether or not you have lipstick on?’’ ''I'll know’', she replied.
2000 - 2018
THE TRIGÈRE CULTA NEW GENERATION OF ICONIC WOMEN WORSHIP TRIGÈRE
Trigère is one of the most sought after names in the world of collectible vintage couture. Coveted on both sides of the Atlantic, the worlds most celebrated style icons, including Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker and Giovanna Battaglia cultivate an emotional connection to Maison Trigère and are photographed knowingly wearing heritage Trigère couture. Harper’s Bazaar cites Winona Ryder’s black velvet Trigère couture gown at the the 2001 Academy Awards as the #1 red-carpet dress of all time.
THE REAWAKENING OF MAISON TRIGÈREFRANKLIN BENJAMIN ELMAN HERALDS IN A NEW ERA OF CREATION AND INNOVATION AT THE MYTHIC COUTURE HOUSE.
Reawakened under the careful guidance of Creative Director Franklin Benjamin Elman, Maison Trigère enters it’s eighth illustrious decade and is reintroduced to a new generation of Trigère women.