MAIN MAN: While he has been a constant presence in Paris fashion over the decades, Didier Grumbach rarely steps into the limelight. Wednesday night, he made an exception as the fashion set gathered for him to sign copies of the first English translation of his authoritative tome “History of International Fashion.”
Some of the guests are even cited in the work’s pages. “Sometimes they don’t even know they are in the book,” said Grumbach. “Dries [Van Noten] was not familiar with it, and yet he is cited in it.”
As well as Van Noten, who had shown on the runway earlier in the day, guests included Damir Doma, Chloé chief executive officer Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, Martine Sitbon, Pamela Golbin, Jean-Marc Loubier, Macy’s Nicole Fischelis and Jean de Loisy, president of the Palais de Tokyo, where the event was held.
“He’s my icon,” said Fischelis of Grumbach, who recently retired from his post as president of the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, French fashion’s governing body.
Grumbach is known for his discerning judgement of the industry, and said that looking back, his instincts have rarely failed him.
“It’s interesting to look at what I predicted 20 years ago,” he said of reworking the book, initially published in 1993 in French, for its latest edition. “I’m quite pleased with myself, I didn’t get it so wrong.”