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Leo Chevalier

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"She doesn't have an age, she has an attitude," says Leo Chevalier of the women who buy his clothes. Starting out as a window-dresser for a Montreal department store, Chevalier has "become a kind of Pierre Cardin of the North." He's one of only a handful of homegrown designers in the late 1970s and he's put Canadian fashion on the map with international successes for his line of clothes, furs and perfume.
• Leo Chevalier helped blaze a trail for Canadian designers by challenging the established Montreal rag trade that customarily focused on importing designs from New York and Paris. He designed his first collection in 1963 and opened his own haute couture house, Le Cheval, in Montreal in 1967. By the mid 1980s, Chevalier had 10 people working his design studio.

• In 1972, he won the high profile contract to design Air Canada's in-flight uniforms. • In 1979, he became the first designer ever to receive the Order of Canada.

• Leo Chevalier died of Alzheimer's disease on June 20, 2000. He was 65.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: March 7, 1979
Guest(s): Leo Chevalier , Iona Monahan
Anchor: Knowlton Nash
Reporter: David Bazay
Duration: 2:46

Last updated: January 23, 2012

Page consulted on June 13, 2014

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