Designer Emmanuelle Khanh has died at the age of 79. Khanh began her career as a model for Balenciaga and Givenchy before going on to work as a freelance designer for Missoni, Max Mara, and Cacharel; she eventually launched her own ready-to-wear line, which soon became known for its fabulous eyeglasses and other accessories.
In a 1964 Life magazine feature, Khan declared, “The couture is dead; I want to design for the street.” As for modeling for Balenciaga, she said, “Other models were shaking silently with admiration; I was bored. Balenciaga treated us like chairs and I think the fact that he couldn’t care less about us — women — reflects on the way he creates dresses. It doesn’t make a woman alive and pretty; it makes her look wealthy and that to me is completely obsolete.”