Born in 1957 in the north of France, Herve Leger showed artistic promise at an early age when in 1973, he won a place at a Paris art school
. He begun his career as a hair dresser but switched to hat making as a way into the world of fashion--an area he had become interested in. He got his first break in 1977 when Italian knitwear designer, Tan Guidecelli, took him in and schooled him in the basics of fashion design. Catching the eye of Karl Lagerfeld in 1980, Leger was sent to Rome by Lagerfeld...
to further his training. Leger stayed with Lagerfeld until 1984 helping him design for both Fendi and Chanel, after which he ventured out on his own to freelance. Known most famously for his bandage, body-conscious dresses, Leger, or “the king of stripes”, uses stretch fabrics wound around the body for a tighter fit. Most of his designs uses stripes or bands in some form or another and are very distinctive.
Leger now designs under the name of Herve L. Leroux as the Herve Leger brand has been owned by BCBG Max Azria Group since 1999. As the label was subsequently retired and then revived, the brand existed for a period of time only as a fragrance. The very feminine Herve Leger perfume was launched in 1999 in association with Procter & Gamble Prestige Beaute and was followed up by the elegant Rose Leger in 2006. BCBG Max Azria Group re-launched the Herve Legere brand in early 2007.