Loulou de la Falaise

Fashion Designer, Person or entity appearing in film

1948 – 2011


Who was Loulou de la Falaise?

Loulou de La Falaise was a fashion muse and designer of fashion, accessories and jewelry associated with Yves Saint Laurent. Author Judith Thurman, writing in The New Yorker magazine, called La Falaise "the quintessential Rive Gauche haute bohémienne".

Daughter of an Anglo-Irish fashion model and a French marquis, La Falaise was a close friend and creative partner of Yves Saint Laurent (YSL). According to The Independent, she helped inspire his 1966 women's tuxedo Le Smoking and his see-through blouses.

After more than three decades designing jewelry and accessories for Saint Laurent, La Falaise launched her own fashion business, designing ready-to-wear, costume-jewelry and accessories, which were retailed in the U.S. as well as two Loulou de La Falaise shops in Paris.

The family's actual surname is Le Bailly, though members have used Le Bailly de La Falaise, referring to an ancestral estate, since the mid 19th century; it is typically abbreviated to de La Falaise.

The title held by the head of the family, Marquis de La Coudraye, was granted, by an 1876 act of succession, to the younger son of Pacôme-François Le Bailly, Seigneur de La Falaise, and his wife, Pauline-Louise-Victoire de Loynes, daughter of Denis, Marquis de La Coudraye. However, the title of Marquis was never registered at the "Sceau de France, Ministry of Justice" and is therefore not valid. The same goes for the title of Count. Male descendants can on the other hand claim the title of Ecuyer. The family's younger sons typically call themselves Count de La Falaise.

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May 4, 1948
Also known as
  • La Falaise
  • Madam FitzGerald
  • Louise Vava Lucia Henriette Le Bailly de La Falaise
  • United Kingdom
Nov 5, 2011

on July 23, 2013


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