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Catherine de Károlyi
Katalin Pólya
Born (1919-09-01)September 1, 1919
Died October 30, 2006(2006-10-30) (aged 87)
Occupation fashion designer

Catherine de Károlyi (born Catherine or Katalin Pólya) (September 1 1919 in Budapest - October 30 2006 in Paris) is a French fashion designer. She is of Hungarian origin.


In early 1946, they returned to Budapest devastated by long battles between German and Soviet troops. The coalition government, formed by the party of small landowners, trade unionists, national peasants, socialists and communists, gave them the triumphant welcome due to the historic founders of the new state. As a convinced Stalinist, Deputy Prime Minister Mathias Rakosi only tolerated the sharing of responsibilities on a temporary basis. From 1947, the gradual but violent elimination of the moderates, then of the right-wing socialists, gradually gave him the country.

Hungarian refugee in Paris in 1948, she learned the fashion trade on the job, became a model, created her own label, was noticed by Dior and Balmain, became friends with Malraux and was hired by Hermes, the house where she created the mythical belt from this observation: "The letter H is symmetrical"? it could make a loop. "Her aristocratic elegance inspired the Hermès collections until the 1980s.

Married in second marriage to filmmaker Raymond Assayas, known as Jacques Rémy, Catherine de Karolyi was the mother of three sons including filmmaker Olivier Assayas and journalist and writer Michka Assayas.

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