Jacques ESTEREL (French, Bourg-Argental 1917 - 1974 Saint-Cloud)

Jacques ESTEREL, born Charles-Henri MARTIN on June 5, 1917 in Bourg-Argental and died on April 14, 1974 in Saint-Cloud, was a French stylist and songwriter. A student of the National School of Arts and Crafts in Paris, he graduated in 1935 with an engineering degree and then opened a company in the machine tool sector in Paris. At the same time, he was a songwriter, he recorded a few records between 1955 and 1960 and won the Oscar for French song in 1956. In 1953, he invested in haute couture and opened a fashion boutique on rue Pierre-Charron. Jacques ESTEREL presents his collections within the framework of a formula where fashion, poetry and shows are associated. In 1958, he moved to Faubourg Saint-Honoré and hired stylist Alexandre PENNEROUX. He offers fashion journalists the first "Presentation Spectacle". The models parade against a background of jazz music. In 1959, he created Brigitte BARDOT's wedding dress, the model of which was then disclosed in women's magazines. Jacques ESTEREL has also dedicated his brand to the market of uniforms including air hostesses. He will dress the nurses of public assistance, the hostesses of the Linen Federation, Marie France magazine, the Mont-Blanc tunnel, the European Tourism Club, the American temporary work firm Manpower, among many others. As part of the French influence on behalf of Air France, more than forty tours are organized to present its collections: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Tokyo, etc. In 1970, he presented a unisex collection which included not only trouser suits but also shirt dresses for men.