Charles Jourdan trained as a shoemaker, and in 1919 began designing shoes independently. In the 1930s, he became the first shoe designer to advertise in fashion magazines.
In 1959, he cemented his status as an haute couture designer of shoes when he contracted with the house of Dior to design shoes under their label, then during the 1970s he expanded into accessories and womenswear.
Jourdan died in 1976, and the design house continued to be run by his family until his son retired in 1981. He was a favourite of fashion icons such as Brigitte Bardot and Princess Diana.
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