South African born couture designer, Jacques LaGrange, studied fashion at The Academy of Clothing Technology, followed by working as a personal assistant to renowned couturier Errol Arendz, for six and a half years.
Jacques became a finalist in the Young Designer of the Year awards in 1999 and went on to win the Most Elegant Couple competition at The J&B Met of that year, as well as winning the same award once again two years later in 2001.
Jacques moved to Paris (France) to settle, but shortly thereafter returned to Cape Town when asked to help launch French design house, Lancel, in South Africa. He then decided to launch his own couture label locally and never looked back.
17 years after starting his own label, Jacques continues to have his fair share of local and international exposure, with television appearances on programmes such as Top Billing, Pasella, Expresso, Bravo and Fashion One to name but a
few. Jacques has also been featured regularly in all major publications, including several cover exposures, with the likes of Glamour, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, My Wedding Day, Rooi Rose, LeKap, Independent News Papers, Sunday Times and The New Age Newspaper among the list. Ad campaigns he has been involved in include well-known brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Coty, Revlon and Dark & Lovely. Jacques was also requested to dress models in his couture creations for the only Cartier boutique in South Africa, Terry Pheto (lead actress in an Oscar winning feature film) for The Search: E Host South Africa and Zuri Hall (Emmy Winning TV Personality) for The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo.
Local and international celebrities, Miss Universe, Miss World and A-list clients have worn his creations from Royal Ascot in the United Kingdom to The Cannes Film Festival in the South of France.
Preferring to showcase his creations to a private client-base from all around the world, Jacques has previously also shown at Cape Town Fashion Week, South Africa Fashion Week and in 2012 was invited to showcase at Mozambique Fashion Week, as part of the Pan-African Designers, to a resounding success. Following this he was invited to showcase at CPM (Collection Premier Moscow) in 2015. Jacques’ contribution to the development of the South African Fashion Industry can be seen first-hand with his recent Mercedes-Benz South Africa Fashion Film collaboration. His couture label is associated with international luxury brands like Dom Perignon, Lamborghini and Cartier.
Charity is also close to Jacques’ heart with Reach for Recovery (support group for people with breast cancer in rural areas), the Go Red Heart Foundation, Red Cross disaster relief, DWDE (workshop for disabled people) and Imibala
(Sponsor a Child) a few of the charities that enjoy his support.
It has been reported that Jacques has been able to accomplish more in a relatively short period than most designers do in a lifetime. He has even been named South Africa’s ‘King of Couture’, a title not to be taken lightly which most designers can only ever dream of. Influential media stated that Jacques LaGrange Couture is the only South African-based design house that really matters, with the attention to detail, impeccable style and quality of the workmanship.
It is no surprise then that he only dresses a select few A-list clients from all around the world, from Dubai to Switzerland, Paris to Australia, London to America, all in a day’s work.
From a 16-year old school kid interviewed on the magazine program Tekkies to the ‘King of Couture’, Jacques LaGrange has come a long way, but has only scratched the surface of what can still be expected from this talented one-of-a-kind couturier.
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