Pauline Trigère
Designer Icon With a Love for Turtles

Pauline Trigère was born in Paris, and immigrated to the US in 1937. By 1942 she was designing under the name Trigère, having spent the previous years working for Ben Gershal, Travis Banton and Hattie Carnegie. By the 1950s, her label read, Pauline Trigère, and this label was used through the 1990s.

Among other designer landmarks Trigère is best known for designing the Patricia Neal's sophisticated wardrobe in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Coats are most notably the garment most associated with Trigère. She created the first reversible coat.



She designed beautiful classic dresses, coats and capes, and many of Trigère's creations featured reversible designs and attached jewelry with the image of a turtle being her signature talisman.

Trigère's own elegance and sophisticated charm, were renowned as was her favourite method of keeping fit -- standing on her head. She wore her own clothes, adding printed scarves, tied her own way and with her own collection of handsome jewelry including her signature turtles, which she pinned on a shoulder or a cuff.

Designer, model, and symbol of the American fashion industry for more than half a century. To see her work at it's grandest take in the movie Breakfast At Tiffany's and fall in love with her designs full of charm and grace.

She is one of my favorite icons and Breakfast at Tiffany's has my all time favorite idol Audrey Hepburn.

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