Inside the Homes of Five French Fashion Icons

When I see an amazingly well-dressed person on the street, my first thought is, "I wonder what their house looks like?" My second thought is, "I'm sure their life is infinitely more glamorous than mine." These famous French designers confirm my suspicions that what people wear is often indicative of the way they live.

Jean Paul Gaultier: Jean Paul's love of stripes does not end on the catwalk. This apartment is literally swathed in his signature look. Alas, this is not Jean Paul's real apartment. It is an experimental design project in a Decoration suite in the Cité de l’architecture & du Patrimoineon. If you want to check out more of Jean Paul's interior design, he did a collection for Roche Bobois about a year ago.

Christian Lacroix: Christian Lacroix's elegant apartment is in a 16th century building in the Marais area of Paris. His mixture of antique and contemporary furniture proves he is not one to play by the rules. As the former designer for Emilio Pucci’s fashion house, a love of bright colors is apparently a job requirement he did not mind taking home with him.

Christian Dior: Pictures of Chritian Dior's apartment can be found in the discontinued book Les Reussites de la Decoration Francaise 1950-1960. He hired two friends to decorate his timeless Parisian apartment. Georges Geffroy decorated the “public” rooms and Victor H. Grandpierre decorated his private rooms.

Yves Saint Laurent: YSL's Rue de Babylone apartment was lavish and filled with the same sumptuous leather used to make his famous purses that many of us have coveted throughout the years. Good taste is evident in his art collection, which is reportedly worth more than $50 million.

Coco Chanel: Coco Chanel lived in the Ritz Carlton and her Rue Cambon apartment for many years, even though they were in walking distance from one another. Her person touches are everywhere from chandeliers with interlocking C's and the subtle placement of her favorite flower, the Camellia, in every room.

Images: 1. Trendland: Jean Paul Gaultier 2. Apartment Therapy: Christian Lacroix 3. The Devine Life: Christian Dior 4. Vanity Fair: Yves Saint Laurent 5. 2. Apartment Therapy: Coco Chanel

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