PARIS — Dominique Emschwiller, one of Jean Paul Gaultier's closest collaborators for almost three decades and president of the company's supervisory board, died Aug. 7 after a long illness. She was 64.

The company recently revealed Emschwiller's death and said a memorial service would be held Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Eglise Saint Médard, 141 Rue Mouffetard, here.

Emschwiller met Gaultier when she was manager of the avant-garde Left Bank fashion boutique Bus Stop and became a champion of his designs, signing on as his commercial director.

In a statement, the company called Emschwiller "one of the pillars of the company" who contributed to the "development of the house thanks to her innate sense of fashion and her great human and relational qualities."

Emschwiller was also a director of Gaulme, a holding of the Jean Paul Gaultier Group. The designer is slated to show his spring collection on Tuesday in Paris.

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