PARIS — Jacques Mouclier, the former head of the Fédération Française de la Couture du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, has died in Paris at the age of 90, French fashion’s governing body said on Monday.
Mouclier spearheaded the move of Paris Fashion Week to the Carrousel du Louvre back in 1993. The $100 million project was meant to centralize all of the Paris fashion shows in one space, which were previously scattered throughout the entire city.
Mouclier was also wildly ambitious in his project to broadcast Paris Fashion Week to the U.S. as a syndicated television program. In 1994, there were plans — in conjunction with Event Media group — to make the fashion and television event happen.
When the project fell through, Mouclier became involved in a high-profile war of words with personalities including Karl Lagerfeld and Pierre Bergé, who called for his resignation.
It wasn’t until four years later that Event Television and the Chambre Syndicale were able to air a program on ABC dedicated to Paris Fashion Week. Mouclier saw his dream come alive with “Ladies Night,” which broadcast runway segments and footage of Paris haute couture and ready-to-wear shows into American living rooms.
Mouclier joined the Chambre Syndicale in 1973 and worked for many years alongside Madame Grès, who then headed the federation, according to the statement from Ralph Toledano, president of the Fédération Française de la Couture.
He was president of the Fédération Française de la Couture, which he helped found with Bergé, from 1988 to 1998. He was subsequently honorary president of the Chambre Syndicale.
Mouclier was responsible for organizing the first group visit by fashion companies to Beijing in 1989 and opening Paris Fashion Week to overseas designers, he added. “More than 40 years ago, he laid the foundations for a strategy that is still that of the federation,” Toledano said.
Mouclier’s funeral will take place on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Église Saint-Pierre-de-Chaillot in Paris.