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Gaby, the woman behind Maison Chloé

This is the story of an Egyptian woman, of Jewish origin who revolutionized fashion but whose name remains unknown: Gaby Aghion.


Ahead of her time, she became a communist and evolved in the 1950s Saint-Germain-des-Prés intellectual circles. An audacious, emancipated artist, she liberated women from their « Haute Couture » clothes, by creating a light and vaporous outfits, inventing a new idea of prêt-à-porter with Brigitte Bardot, Jackie Kennedy or Maria Callas as clients. She was a pioneer, the world's first female artistic director and the one who brought in designers including Karl Lagerfeld.


With unpublished and glamorous archives, exclusive access to Chloé Fashion House, the participation of close friends, family and former collaborators, and the recreation of an interview with Gaby Aghion herself, this film offers a captivating portrait of an example of women’s empowerment.

Direction: Isabelle Cottenceau

Production: La Famiglia

Languages: French, English

awards & festivals

  • Sarajevo Fashion Film Festival

    Official Selection

  • Croatia Fashion Film Festival

    Official Selection

  • New York Jewish Film Festival 2023

    Official Selection

  • London Fashion Film Festival 2023

    Official Selection

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