Edmonde Charles-Roux, a french editor and novelist, dies at 95 in Marseille, France.
Charles-Roux was among the founding editors of ELLE Magazine and a longtime editor at Vogue before becoming a novelist.
Marie-Charlotte Élisabeth Edmonde Charles-Roux was born on April 17, 1920, at Neuilly-sur-Seine. The daughter of an Ambassador, Charles-Roux was a volunteer nurse during WWII who also joined the Resistance. In 1946, she joined the staff of what was then a women’s weekly called ELLE. After two years, Edmonde Charles-Roux went on to work for French Vogue, becoming its Editor-in-Chief in 1954. In 1966, she was forced to leave Vogue Paris after wanting to place a black woman on the cover or for her coverage of culture over the evolving styles in fashion.
“They didn’t like the way I was,” she told The New York Times in 1981. “For me, fashion has never been frivolous.”
The book was a success and she wasn’t even aware.
“When I was fired, I didn’t even know the book had been accepted for publication,” she told The Times in 1966.
Though she left Vogue, Charles-Roux made a mark on the magazine for it’s cultural coverage and highlighting writers such as Alain Robbe-Grillet and Violette Leduc and the photographers Irving Penn and Guy Bourdin. Charles-Roux also showcased many designers including Yves Saint Laurent.
In 1975, Charles-Roux wrote Chanel: Her Life, Her World — and the Woman Behind the Legend She Herself Created which was followed by Chanel and her World in 1981.
Though she leaves no immediate survivors, Edmonde Charles-Roux’s legacy continues to live on.