A tribute to Claude Montana


The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode pays tribute to Claude Montana, French designer and couturier, who passed away this Friday, February 23, 2024, at the age of 76.

Claude Montana began his career in London with a jewelry line that was instantly noticed by the professional press. When he returned to Paris in the late 60s, he joined John Voigt's team at Mac Douglas, where he learned leatherwork, which he would later democratize through his own collections. In 1975, he presented his first fashion show, to international acclaim. He launched his own House in 1979, assisted by his sister Jacqueline, and joined the Official Calendar of Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall-Winter 1981/1992, in April 1981. In 1989, he became artistic director of Lanvin, where he successfully experimented with Haute Couture. During his time there, he was awarded two Dés d'or for the Autumn-Winter 1990-1991 and Spring-Summer 1991 collections. After leaving Lanvin, he launches a new ready-to-wear line, Odyssée. Claude Montana was promoted to Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres in July 2014.

Claude Montana leaves an indelible legacy in the fashion industry, his singular style still inspiring many contemporary designers. The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode salutes his exceptional talent and extends its deepest condolences to his family and friends, and to all those who have been humbled by his work and creativity.


“The work of Claude Montana embodied exceptional craftsmanship. His daring creations influenced a whole generation of designers. His distinctive style, blending sophistication and modernity, remains firmly rooted in the imagination of contemporary fashion, testifying to his indelible impact on the industry and on generations to come.”

Bruno Pavlovsky, President, Fédération de la Haute couture et de la Mode

"A visionary, Claude Montana constantly pushed the boundaries of fashion, reaching beyond his time to redefine standards of style and design. He challenged expectations and opened new paths for creative expression.”

Pascal Morand, Executive President, Fédération de Haute Couture et de la Mode