After studying sculpture at the ecole de Beaux Arts he designed shoes for the theater and worked with Elsa Schiaparelli. He was partnered in the 30s with Delman and co-owned a hat shop in New York with Suzanne Remi during WWII Began a10-year association with Dior in 1947 and worked with numerous fashion houses thereafter. Noted for his unusual sculptural heels and imaginative use of texture. The firm continues. Since 2004 the designer has been Bruno Frisoni.