“Frustrated by the lack of clothes suitable for small women like herself, Carmen de Tommaso dropped plans to become an architect or interior designer and took the remedy into her own hands. In 1945 she opened her own house under the name Carven.
Her fresh and carefree style was an immediate hit with actresses like Leslie Caron and Martine Carol and young girls around the world, including the future wife of president Valery Giscard d’Estaing, whose wedding dress she designed.”

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