Remembering Herve L. Leroux: Top 10 Iconic Images of Herve Leger

Earlier this month the fashion world lost one of the greats, Hervé L. Leroux, founder of the Herve Leger brand and creator of the iconic figure-hugging bandage dress, passed away at age 60 from a ruptured aneurysm. Read on to see our top 10 iconic images of Herve Leger dresses and a glimpse into his life.
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From Cindy Crawford and Taylor Swift to Kim Kardashian and Beyonce, celebrities and some of the worlds most beautiful people have worn Hervé Léger’s legendary designs for decades.
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Born Hervé Peugnet in 1957 in northern France, Hervé studied sculpture and art history in Paris before leaving school to become a hairdresser, then a hat maker and eventually deciding to pursue fashion design. In the early 1980’s he met Karl Lagerfeld who encouraged his career in fashion and suggested he change his surname to Léger because Peugnet would be too difficult for American’s to pronounce. He became Hervé Léger and after working for fashion houses such as Fendi, Chanel and Lanvin, in 1985 he launched his own namesake line. Then in the early 90’s he created his ticket to fame, one of the defining styles of the decade, the bandage dress. Formed from dozens of elasticated bandage-style strips of knitted cloth, the iconic dress creates a body-sculpting, skintight silhouette.

Kim Kardashian wearing Herve Leger Multifaceted Oval Clutch in Blush Pink, Christian Louboutin Lady Peep Pumps in Nude and Loren Jewels Earrings - Picture by: Momo / Juan Garces / Splash News

Kim Kardashian in Hervé Léger Bandage Dress

In 2016 Kim Kardashian wrote of the bandage dress on her blog: “I would literally save up all my paychecks and go and wait, and stalk the girls that worked at Hervé and just get all the new colors.”
After receiving great acclaim for the bandage dress and many other original creative designs, in 1998 the Hervé Léger brand was acquired by the Los Angeles-based BCBG Max Azria group. But shortly thereafter by 1999 things turned sour and Hervé lost control of his own name to the group who called the new collection Hervé Léger by Max Azria – a cautionary tale to all in the world of design!
Olga Sherer Herve Leger Spring Summer 2011 collection Ad Campaign bandage dress sexy dresses

Hervé Léger Spring Summer 2011 Collection Ad Campaign

In 2000, Hervé took the name Herve L. Leroux, another recommendation from friend Karl Lagerfeld, and founded his own fashion house. From 2004-2006 he served as creative director for the Paris house Guy LaRoche. In 2013 he finally returned to the Paris runway with a new collection, but he never again received the same recognition as he had under his previous name – the power of name at play!
Although not under his own vision, the Hervé Léger lives on. In 2007, Max Azria relaunched the Hervé Léger brand under his own design direction and opened a remodeled Hervé Léger boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
iconic images of Herve Leger by Max Azria Pre-Spring 2016 Runway Collection Ad Campaign - bandage dress

Hervé Léger by Maz Azria Pre-Spring 2016 Runway Collection Ad Campaign

After Hervé’s death entertainer Dita Von Teese wrote a beautiful post on Instagram in remembrance of Hervé which included this insightful sentence: “I loved Hervé for his wit, his candor, his sublime elegance and of course, his talent, which came from authentic obsession, with no care for the commerciality of fashion.”
Cheers to Hervé Léger and a big heartfelt thank you for all that he gave to the world of fashion!
iconic images of Herve Leger - VMAs 2013 Taylor Swift in Herve Leger bandage dress

Taylor Swift in Hervé Léger at VMAs 2013

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Sofia Vergara in Hervé Léger

iconic images of Herve Leger - Miranda Kerr - red bandage dress

Miranda Kerr in Hervé Léger

Meghan Markle wears the Herve Leger Elizabeth dress - iconic images of Herve Leger

Meghan Markle wears the Hervé Léger Elizabeth Dress

Jennifer Lopez Hervé Léger 2012 Cutout braided Metallic Dress. Jennifer loves bandage dresses - iconic dresses

Jennifer Lopez in Hervé Léger 2012 Cutout Braided Metallic Bandage Dress

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Gigi Hadid in Hervé Léger at Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Swim BBQ VIP In Miami

iconic images of Herve Leger - Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski in Hervé Léger

Elle Macpherson in Hervé Léger onstage during the "Fashion Star" panel in 2012

Elle Macpherson in Hervé Léger onstage during the “Fashion Star” panel in 2012

Beyonce in Hervé Léger onstage at the 2015 Budweiser Made in America Festival

Beyonce in Hervé Léger onstage at the 2015 Budweiser Made in America Festival


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