AGNES B IN THE BOU­TIQUE ON RUE DU JOUR IN 1976

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She was born trou­ble. Lit­er­ally. Agnes Trou­ble, in fact. Then, at 17, she mar­ried Chris­tian Bour­geois, a fam­ily friend nine years older than her. The mar­riage didn’t last but the sur­name did, short­ened to the let­ter b (lower case). Agnes b. A fash­ion de­signer was born.

In 1975 she opened her first store in a for­mer butcher’s shop in the neigh­bour­hood of Les Halles in Paris. This im­age cap­tures that mo­ment in time. DIY meets cou­ture. In this space Agnes b de­signed the clothes while her friend Fanny Deleuze did the pa­per­work up­stairs. From this shop a fash­ion em­pire grew.

Agnes b is now 75 years old, has stores around the world and has sup­ported artists and film­mak­ers. Look hard enough and you can see the fu­ture in this pic­ture.

Taken from Agnes b: Styliste, pub­lished by Abrams, priced £30

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