Madame Carven, petite women's designer, turned 100 years old on August 31, 2009. Only a diminutive 1 metre 55 (five foot one) in her stockinged feet, for half a century she was the favourite designer of petite women. Frustrated by the lack of clothes suitable for small women like herself, Carmen de Tommaso dropped plans to become an architect or interior designer and took the remedy into her own hands. In 1945 she opened her own house under the name Carven.

Madame Carven, petite women's designer, turned 100 years old on August 31, 2009. Only a diminutive 1 metre 55 (five foot one) in her stockinged feet, for half a century she was the favourite designer of petite women. Frustrated by the lack of clothes suitable for small women like herself, Carmen de Tommaso dropped plans to become an architect or interior designer and took the remedy into her own hands. In 1945 she opened her own house under the name Carven.

Carmen de Tommaso, connue comme Mme Carven, fondatrice de la maison de couture Carven, pose à Paris dans les années 1940. Carmen de Tommaso, known as Madame Carven, founder of the fashion house Carven, poses in Paris in 1940 (Photo /afp.com)

Carmen de Tommaso, connue comme Mme Carven, fondatrice de la maison de couture Carven, pose à Paris dans les années 1940. Carmen de Tommaso, known as Madame Carven, founder of the fashion house Carven, poses in Paris in 1940 (Photo /afp.com)

Madame Carven, née Carmen de Tommaso in 1909 is a French Couturier who established Carven in 1945.  Known for clothes to flatter petite women, she and her husband René Grog were major art collectors. She donated her collections to the Louvre, now on permanent display.

Madame Carmen de Tommaso 1909 France Couturier established Carven in 1945 Known for clothes to flatter petite women.

Carmen de Tommasso, founder of Maison Carven, portrait by Henry Clarke | THE GILDED OWL

Carmen de Tommasso, founder of Maison Carven, portrait by Henry Clarke

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Carven Evening Ensemble ca 1950 via Fripperies & Fobs

Carven evening ensemble ca. 1950 From the Modemuseum Hasselt.

Madame Carven Passes Away at 105   - HarpersBAZAAR.com. TRIVUTE TO CARMEN DE TOMMASO, CARVEN FUNDATOR

Madame Carven Passes Away at 105

Madame Carven dies at age 105

French couturier and founder of the Carven fashion house, Madame Carven, has died at the age of 105 on June 9, 2015 in Paris. Born Carmen de Tommaso, the iconic designer founded her fashion house in 1945 with the hopes of dressing petite women who mirrored her particularly small frame. The name 'Carven' was created by combining the first half of the designer's name, Carmen, with the surname of her aunt Josy Boyriven, who first introduced her to the world of couture.

French couturier and founder of the Carven fashion house, Madame Carven, has died at the age of 105 on June 9, 2015 in Paris. Born Carmen de Tommaso, the iconic designer founded her fashion house in 1945 with the hopes of dressing petite women who mirrored her particularly small frame. The name 'Carven' was created by combining the first half of the designer's name, Carmen, with the surname of her aunt Josy Boyriven, who first introduced her to the world of couture.

PARIS — Madame Carven, the French couturier who traveled the world with her collections and brought back a trove of exotic influences, died at the age of 105 here Monday.June, 08, 2015

Remembering Madame Carven

PARIS — Madame Carven, the French couturier who traveled the world with her collections and brought back a trove of exotic influences, died at the age of 105 here Monday.

Since the beginning, the Carven house has had a democratic and distinctly Parisian view of fashion design. In the ‘40s, founder Madame Carmen de Tommaso broke through the austere world of haute coutur...

Since the beginning, the Carven house has had a democratic and distinctly Parisian view of fashion design. In the founder Madame Carmen de Tommaso broke through the austere world of haute coutur.

Történt, hogy bizonyos Carmen de Tommaso aka “Madame” Carven belefáradt abba, hogy 155 cm-es magasságával sehol sem talált alkatához illő ruhát. Alig lett vége a háborúnak, 1945-ben megalapította saját divatházát. Jól tette, mert nélküle nem lenne például a Le Parfum, mely nemrég került a polcokra itthon is.

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Carmen de Tommaso (Mme Carven) by Bettmann/CORBIS

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Since the beginning, the Carven house has had a democratic and distinctly Parisian view of fashion design. In the ‘40s, founder Madame Carmen de Tommaso broke through the austere world of haute coutur...

Since the beginning, the Carven house has had a democratic and distinctly Parisian view of fashion design. In the founder Madame Carmen de Tommaso broke through the austere world of haute coutur.

This dress fully captures the Carven line's defining air of innocence and the pretty schoolgirl style cherished by Carmen de Tommaso. The new creative directors behind the famous Parisian label unveil a stylish and fashionable collection. This ravishing dress is perfect for any occasion.    English embroidery, full cotton lining   Scalloped finish on the collar, sleeves, waist and hem   Tunnelled elastic waist, side pockets   Hidden zip closure at back    The model is wearing size 36

Carven collection for Women at La Maison Simons online Store. Shop the hottest styles and trends in Carven clothing and accessories for Women.

French couturier Madame Carmen de Tommaso established Carven in 1945 with a clientele of film stars and royals.   Today, the label's  pieces continue to top every cool girl's wish list.   Find this dress on Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/FRENCH-CHIC-NWT-CARVEN-Size-38-40-42-FR-6-8-10-US-Dress-Red-with-Paisley-Print-/331322526376?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

~FRENCH CHIC~NWT CARVEN Size 38 40 42 FR 6 8 10 US Dress Red with Paisley Print

French couturier Madame Carmen de Tommaso established Carven in 1945 with a clientele of film stars and royals. Today, the label's pieces continue to top every cool girl's wish list. Find this dress on Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/FRENCH-CHIC-NWT-CARVEN-Size-38-40-42-FR-6-8-10-US-Dress-Red-with-Paisley-Print-/331322526376?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

Founded by Madame Carmen de Tommaso in 1945, Carven released their first Menswear collection under the helm of former Givenchy Guillaume Henry in 2012. Inspired by a wide selection of contemporary fashion, design and artwork, drawing from the Maison's celebrated history, Carven create ready to wear wardrobe staples in a variety of eye catching designs. Constructed from fleece backed cotton jersey, the Overprint Crew Sweat from the Carven collection for AW14 features an all over graphic print…

Founded by Madame Carmen de Tommaso in 1945, Carven released their first Menswear collection under the helm of former Givenchy Guillaume Henry in 2012. Inspired by a wide selection of contemporary fashion, design and artwork, drawing from the Maison's celebrated history, Carven create ready to wear wardrobe staples in a variety of eye catching designs. Constructed from fleece backed cotton jersey, the Overprint Crew Sweat from the Carven collection for AW14 features an all over graphic print…

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