the designers

Marc Audibet was born in 1955.

He is celebrated in the fashion world for his research into stretch fabrics. This expertise was acquired while working as an Assistant to Emanuel Ungaro in 1972, and then as a designer for Pierre Balmain, Madame Gres and Nino Cerruti.

He is an admirer of Vionnet and Claire McCardell. He believes that fashion is a matter of anatomy and that innovation starts

with fabrics. Audibet presented his first collection in 1975. Then in 1977 he took over the design at the house of Christian Aujard who died in a horseriding accident when only 36 years old. Audibet remained at the house of Aujard till 1981.

From 1981 to 1984, he designed for Basile and Laure Biagiotti. He then continued with his own label till 1988 when he designed for Parallel.

Marc Audibet and Azzedine Alaia, worked closely with Du Pont in 1984, on a project to mix Lycra with fabrics such as satin and silk. This project was very successful. Audibet became textile adviser to the fabric and fibre company Du Pont and together they created and launched single and two-way stretch fabrics made from Du Pont's LYCRA, the most important development in fashion in the 80's.

Throughout the 90's he has continued to design and create his seamless garments to accent the beauty of "stretch" made from Lycra mixed with a wide range of other fabrics like cotton, silk, linen and wool.

Audibet also designed for Hermes during the 90's.

From 1990-1996 he designed 9 collections for Prada. He became the architect of Prada's growth. After Prada, Audibet was a consultant for the Italian house of Trussardi.

In 2000 Marc Audibet became designer for Salvatore Ferragamo. However, he only designed for 4 seasons before leaving them in early 2002. He felt that they were not supportive of his creative efforts.

2007, Marc Audibet stepped into Sophia Kokosalaki's head designer shoes at Vionnet, following her successful relaunch of the Parisian fashion house.

The Look

His designs were entirely about Stretch. There are no hooks, eyes, buttons or zippers. He makes seamless asymmetrical creations that cling to the body, following the lines of the model's figure. He is both a fashion designer and an industrial designer.

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