Hubert Barrere


Hubert Barrere is one of those who emphasize woman’s body, without imprisoning it, of those who accompany its forms without impeding them.


While he got skilled with the costume designer Vicaire, with whom he developed a detailed knowledge of the historic cloth and embroidery, Hubert Barrère began to have a passion for the corset.


If Hubert Barrère tries to give women new assets of seduction by renovating this disappeared object of desire, he doesn’t forget that it also has to be a cloth and not a restrictive armor. He is thus using in his work ancestral techniques and experiments in the meantime new materials to transform "the object of torture" into "object of pleasure".


The whole fashion new wave from Jean-Paul Gaultier to John Galliano passing by Alexander Mc Queen or even Stella Mc Cartney see in the corset, an elegant and erotic cloth as an enchanting accessory able to spice up to their creations. From then, they are all forever calling up on him. Nowadays, he closely collaborates with Chanel or Dolce Gabbana.


His first collection born in 1996, is the result of all his work for which he was rewarded by the Grand Prix de la Mode de la ville de Paris. But if the corset remains his idol, the base of its work, Hubert Barrère doesn’t limit himself to this only exercise and became the art director of Hurel in 1997. He also creates embroidery for the biggest fashion houses of Paris, Rome and Milan.

In 2011, Hubert Barrère joins Maison Lesage as art director. François Lesage, said " Hubert Barrère loves jobs which he defends body and soul. He is according to me, the best choice to continue the creative adventure of Maison Lesage. "


Since 2001, he also presents for the Fashion Trade Union calendar, his own collection of clothes which allows him to express his art of corset-maker but also offers him the opportunity to explore new horizons with creations of tulles and muslins only supported by simple stays.


His fame, which quickly overcrossed the borders, received a particular echo in China, where he is invited since 2003 to parade during the Fashion Week. Recently, he presented his collection Conversation in Paris on January 2010 at the Jacques Barrère Gallery and then in Shanghai on July at Bund18.


Great traveller and first man elected at the Presidency of Fashion Group Paris since its creation, Hubert Barrère proved that he knows how to play gentleness as well as lightness and just like his creations, release himself from pre-established stranglehold.

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Key moments


2011: Artistic Director of Maison Lesage
Publication of the book Corset, with Charles-Artur Boyer, edition Rouergue
Exhibition Pudeurs et colères de femmes, Fondation Boghossian, Brussels

2010: Creation of the Vierge de Sèvres in partnership with Sèvres – city of ceramic
Hubert Barrère Autumn-Winter 2010-2011 Conversation Haute-Couture, Paris, Shanghaï

2008: President of the Fashion Group Paris

2006: Exhibition Mode et Mariage, Knokke le Zoute’s museum

2004: Hubert Barrère’s collection Spring-Summer 2005 Haute-Couture, Paris, Beijing, Shanghaï
Exhibition Robes de Rêve, Musée de la dentelle, Calais (France)

2003: Hubert Barrère Spring-Summer 2004 Haute-Couture, Paris, Qingdao, Beijing

2002: Hubert Barrère Autumn-Winter 2002-2003 Haute-Couture

2001: Hubert Barrère Autumn-Winter 2001-2002 Haute-Couture Exhibition Jouer la Lumière Musée de la Mode et du Textile, Paris

2000: Exhibition The corset at FIT (Fashion Institut of Technology), New York
Exhibition Mutations Mode 1960-2000, Musée Galliera, Paris

1999: Hubert Barrère Spring-Summer 2000 Ready-to-Wear
Exhibition Fashion Backstage, Bunkamura Museum, Tokyo

1998: Exhibition Le Mariage, Musée Galliera, Paris

1997: Exhibition Mode et Lingerie, Musée de la Dentelle , Calais

1997 - 2011 : artistic director of Hurel embroidery house

1996: City of Paris’Fashion price

depuis 1995: design of corsets

1995: launching of corset and lingerie Hubert Barrère’s lines

1994: artistic director at Guislain Vicaire’s

Studies: after studying law, graduated from the “Chambre Syndicale de la Couture” (trade union of high fashion) Paris.

© credit photo: Harcourt