designer RAOUL-JEAN FOURÉ (1904-1992)
city of operation MONTREAL
ceased business 1969
“Born in Brittany in 1904, Raoul-Jean Fouré made his fashion debut by designing shoes for French stars like Mistinguett and Sacha Guitry. At the age of 23, Fouré immigrated to Québec and opened his first haute couture showroom on Montréal’s University Street. His Parisian training had familiarized him with both silks and woollens, and he quickly attracted a loyal clientele.
Fouré designed and cut his creations himself. Using the most luxurious materials, he carved out a distinctive niche: wedding apparel. These ensembles included not only the wedding gown but also dresses for the flower girl, the bridesmaids and the mother of the bride, as well as the honeymoon wardrobe.
In the 1950s, Fouré turned his attention to the promotion of the local fashion industry. In 1954, along with several other designers, he founded the Association of Canadian Couturiers, acting as its first president. Representing Canada in an international haute couture show in Atlantic City, his work was featured alongside the creations of Dior, Givenchy, Patou and Balenciaga. In 1960, he became the first Canadian designer to join forces with a furrier. This association led to exciting new lines of garments incorporating both knits and fur. In 1969, at the age of 65, Raoul-Jean Fouré retired, leaving his showroom in the capable hands of a new generation of designers.”*