French couturier Madame Carven de Tommaso started Carven in 1945. Madame Carven dressed royally back in the post-war period. Carven began her fashion career designing simple slender dresses for the petite size (she was 5 f’ 1) and trained further at the Beaux-Arts. Carven’s exquisite taste and enviable travels abroad to Africa, America and all over the world became the inspiration for her collections at the time. An innovator, she was one of the first designers to dress actress for movie premiers in her time.
The house’s recent revival kicked off in 2010. Today, Creative Director, Guillaume Henry, who worked at Riccardo Tisci and Paule Ka heads up Carven and and sticks to the house’s ethos of creating clothes that are understated, charming, unpretentious with clean lines and a youthful spirit.