Carven (b. 1909)

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Carven (b. 1909)

French fashion designer. Name variations: Carven Grog. Born Carmen Tommaso in Chateauroux, France, in 1909.

At age 87, French fashion designer Carven was awarded France's highest recognition, Officer of the Legion of Honor. Said Culture Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy at the ceremony, "Sorry this is so late in coming." Carven, born Carmen Tommaso, opened her fashion house on the Champs-Élysees in 1944; the five-foot-tall Carven specialized in clothes for the petite woman.