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Boue Sisters

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Boue Soeurs The first Haute-couture establishment in America Bailey Prisock The 1989 edition, volume 15 of Dress featured an article explaining the history and journey of Sylvie and Jeanne Boue, the sisters responsible for America's Haute couture industry. It tells the story of their beginnings in both Paris and New York City, told by the son of Sylvie Boue Montegut. Sylvie Boue Montegut Sylvie was the oldest of the Boue sisters. An artist who was determined and driven, she set out from an early age to create "the most beautiful dresses in the world."

When she was old enough, she went to work for a pair of old dressmakers. This shop would later become Boue Soeurs.

In the early years of the establishment, before WWI, Sylvie managed the house in Paris, taking care of the local noble clientele.

After the New York branch was established, she traveled the United States showing lingerie and fragrance lines produced by the sisters.

She continued to travel between France and the United States until WWII. Jeanne Boue d'Etreillis Three years younger, Jeanne Boue was her sister's steady, level-headed counterpart.

In the early years, Jeanne could be considered the business-minded sister, traveling through Europe showing the house's designs to Russian and Egyptian royalty.

She was the first sister to travel to America in hopes of establishing a name there. On her own in New York, she hosted a fashion show at the Hotel Plaza, showing the designs of the Paris house.

After WWI, Jeanne served as the anchor for the New York store, handling all its business from America.

She established a Palm Beach branch as much of the house's clientele traveled south for the winter. There she showed a winter collection.

Helping her sister design, Jeanne had a more practical view of haute couture, making their designs both beautiful and functional. Sylvie and Jeanne Boue work for dressmakers on the rue du Helder The shop moves to
the rue de la Paix Jeanne travels to
America to show
the sisters' designs
at the Hotel Plaza Boue Soeurs opens
in America 1915 WWII ends, Jeanne
becomes anchor of
US house, Sylvie
travels throughout Europe
to reestablish contacts 1918 1930 Boue Soeurs leaves
the rue de la Paix,
the Boue Soeurs
begins to decline The New York house
closes its doors 1939 The Paris house closes 1953 Sylvie Boue Montegut dies 1954 Jeanne Boue d'Etreillis dies 1957 1959 In spite of the failed efforts of Sylvies daughter, the
Boue Soeurs name disappears Bibliography Montegut, Philippe. (1989). Boue Soeurs, The First Haute-Couture Establishment in America. Dress, Volume 15, pp. 78-87.
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