Dessés

Jean (1904-1970). French designer. His Greek origin and the childhood and adolescence spent in Egypt influenced the evening dresses that were inspired by the garments on ancient Greek sculpture and by those of the queens of ancient Egypt. After leaving the study of law, he satisfied his passion for design first by providing sketches for the maison Madame Jean, and then, for 12 years, as its designer. In 1937, he started his own firm, and his atelier was valued by the most important women of high society and the cinema for his tailored suits, cruise wear, and, especially, his ball gowns, which were richly draped in very lightweight fabrics but also often decorated with pearls and embroidery. In 1963, he retired to Greece, where he opened a boutique: nevertheless, there had been enough time for a very young Valentino, during his beginnings in Paris, to learn from him the trade that would make him famous.