Requiem for the Hervé Léger Bandage Dress 

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French designer Hervé L. Leroux, who made the bandage dress a
coveted staple among stars and socialites, has died at age
60.

WWD reports that the Fédération
de la Haute Couture et de la Mode confirmed Leroux’s death on
Friday. Leroux launched Herve Leger in 1985 and stopped
designing under his name after BCBG Max Azria purchased the
brand in 1999. Leroux later formed his label Leroux, but
remained largely out of the fashion spotlight.

In the canon of nightlife fashion, his influence lives on in
the singular Hervé Léger bandage dress and its many knockoff
iterations. Its distinctly taut and seductive design has hugged
the bodies of famous women and body-con-loving fashion fans
over the years, hitting a mainstream peak in the late 2000s.
The New York Times, in a piece about the
“pour-me-into-it party dress” in 2007, noted that Leger’s
thousand-dollar dresses “have been the hottest items at
Intermix this fall, but similarly fitted dresses from Robert
Rodriguez for under $500 and bandage skirts from Privee for
$225 have also been popular.”

Kate Bosworth at a 2007 BCBG Max Azria fashion show /
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Victoria Beckham at a Marc Jacobs 2008 fashion show /
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Mandy Moore at the Herve Leger By Max Azria Fall 2008
fashion show / Image via Getty

Joy Bryant at the Herve Leger By Max Azria Fall 2008
fashion show / Image via Getty

Kim Cattrall at the Hamptons Magazine 30th Celebration
Anniversary in 2008 / Image via Getty

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In a eulogy on Instagram, Dita
Von Teese called Leroux a genius and “the only dressmaker that
could accomplish a truly modern Madame Grès goddess gown.” “He
made the most exquisite dresses that showcased a woman’s
beauty, rather than distracting from it,” she wrote.

A designer for Hérve Léger (under Max Azria) was fired in 2015
for stating that “voluptuous” women shouldn’t wear bandage
dresses.

There was a time when Kim Kardashian, keeper of bodycon
ensembles, had to be pried away from a Hérve bandage dress.

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The most visible Hervé enthusiast, Kim dedicated a blog post to her
infatuation in 2016, writing, “I would literally save up all my
paychecks and go wait, stalk the girls that worked at Hervé and
just get all the new colors.” Her stylist, later on, had to toss about 30 bandage
dresses from her closet during a style reinvention, and yet the
silhouette endures. In fashion and pop culture, Leroux leaves
behind a definitive image.

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