Michele Rosier the new book by Lydia Kamitsis

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Thanks to Lydia Kamitsis I have just discovered the work of designer Michele Rosier. I am familiar with the images but had no idea of the French designer who started her career as a journalist for France-Soir before becoming the editor-in-chief for Nouveau Femina.She left journalism in 1959 In 1962 she launched her own brand called V de V for « Vetements de Vacances, »

. Her fashion career lasted from 62 – 72 before she decided to consecrate her time to cinema. During those ten years she was known as the pioneer of sportswear in France, she was known for her use of primary colors and she was the first to put day clothes in silver and to work with experimental fabrics like vinyle and nylon-plume for active sportswear. How is it possible with all her mastery of textiles and design that, till now, I did not recognise her name. I am a little red face about that but I thank Lydia Kamitsis for the introduction. And by way of introduction in the book was written by Jonathan Anderson who discovered her a few years ago and celebrates her mastery. Here are a few pages from the book.


page50-51Michle rosier wood

Above in what she called the air of a tree trunk which she felt the most harmonious with nature.

Plastic Queen from Michele Rosier
Plastic Queen from Michele Rosier

Michele Rosier was considered the Plastic Queen. A quote from her in the book “I would like all women not to be afraid to dress like their refrigerator and car and not like their old armchairs.”

"Why keep silver for the night nothing is more beautiful than the sun on the snow" Michele Rosier
“Why keep silver for the night nothing is more beautiful than the sun on the snow” Michele Rosier
The Plastic Queen Michele Rosier working with vinyle
The Plastic Queen Michele Rosier working with vinyle
A hybride - inspired by a mechanic's overalls
A hybride – inspired by a mechanic’s overalls

A little practical information: the book is published by Editions du Regard. It will be out any day now. Lydia Kamitsis is a fashion historian and director of research at the Sorbonne.She was a  curator at the Union Francaise of the arts of costume and then at Musée de le Mode et du Textile in Paris untill 2003. She is an author and the curator of numerous successful exhibitions such as Christian Dior: The magic of fashion at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Madeleine Vionnet, the years of innovation at the Textile Museum in Lyon and acts as curator at large for the Museo de la Moda at Santiago, Chile. I could continue but suffice to say, go out and get the book. ….

. You will marvel at the work of Michele Rosier and like me, wonder how it is that you never heard of her.

The book you need ...Michele Rosier by Lydia Kamitsis
The book you need …Michele Rosier by Lydia Kamitsis




Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.