Said to be one of the powerful yet discreet figures in fashion, Didier Grumbach is the chairman of the French fashion couture and ready-to-wear syndicate. As chair of the properly termed, Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, and the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, Grumbach is an influential figure in the fashion industry.  

Born into a fashion oriented family, Grumbach’s adventures in the industry began early and in 1996 he co-founded Saint-Laurent Rive Gauche with Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé. He has also worked alongside Hubert de Givenchy in Givenchy Nouvelle Boutique and founded the company Créateurs & Industriels, which aimed to bridge the gap between designers and the industry. After discovering Thierry Mugler in 1978, Grumbach founded and chaired the Thierry Mugler company. Later he went on to served as a chairman of Yves Saint Laurent, Inc. 

In 1985 he served as director of studies to the Institut Français de la Mode, soon after becoming the dean of the professorial staff. Since 1998 Grumbach has chaired the Chambre Syndicale and has constantly advocated the relevance of couture as something that needs to remain true to its roots while still evolving and reflecting the needs of society. 

In addition to being a strong voice within the fashion industry, Grumach has also authored Histoires de la Mode in 1993. First published in French, the book was reprinted and translated into numerous languages, including Chinese, Portuguese and Romanian.


  1. 25 Jan 2013
    Didier Grumbach features in a project.

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