With her square-cut jade-black fringed hair, her crimson lips and her exclusively black wardrobe with discreet touches of white, Chantal Thomass’ silhouette is recognizable far and wide as a fashion icon widely touted by style professionals and well known to the general public, who see in her one of the world’s leading proponents of glamorous lingerie. Her real adventure began towards the end of the nineteen-sixties. That was when she launched her first ready-to-wear brand, Ter et Bantine. Several years later – in 1975 to be exact – Chantal Thomass introduced lingerie into her fashion. Chantal Thomass turned that state of affairs topsy-turvy by boldly adopting traditionally masculine fabrics, or by indulging in silk ornamentation and frills to her heart’s delight. She successively rehabilitated the bra, the basque, the suspender belt, the corset, stockings, and later invented lace tights. Little by little, the designer extended her activity to home decoration, opening a boudoir boutique in the heart of Paris. In 1998, she joined the Dim Group and began redeveloping her own label. She staged fashion shows and opened a new boutique designed by Christian Ghion in 2004. Today, the creations of Chantal Thomass are distributed in over 25 countries and are still supreme examples of the ultra-feminine, sexy and glamorous style that opened the door for a good many other designers. But, Chantal Thomass, this is also: perfumes, umbrellas, eyeglasses… & lately, even beds! Early June 2011, the Chantelle Group (Chantelle, Passionata, Darjeeling & Orcanta) took over the Chantal Thomass activity.