PARIS — Beatrice Paul has left Claude Montana’s fashion house after two decades with the designer.
“I have stopped working chez Montana. We were not in agreement on the future of fashion,” Paul said Monday from her Paris home. Paul, who began working with Montana in 1973, was the house’s artistic director for communications, but also worked closely with the designer in the studio.
“I was there from the beginning. I even introduced Claude to his first licensee,” she said.
Jacqueline Montana, Claude’s sister and an executive in the house, said: “I believe that even after years of collaboration there can be divergences of opinion.
“It’s hard when someone who has been with you so long leaves. But Claude has very precise ideas about what he wants and when someone in the atelier is not in agreement it shows,” she added. “But our friendship with Beatrice has not been broken.”
Neither she nor Paul would elaborate on differences in viewpoint between Montana and the departing executive.
Paul said she now plans to work as an independent fashion consultant. “I’m not disappointed with what has happened. Every so often one must take a decision that gives oxygen to both parties,” said Paul, who claimed that her relations with Montana are “friendly.”