Happy Birthday Jacques Fath!! Born in France in 1912, Fath was a top fashion designer. Although his father was an insurance agent, his grandparents were quite creative; paternal grandmother a fashion illustrator, her husband a writer and maternal grandfather a landscape painter. Fath was self-taught and presented his first design collection at age 25. He was known for use of experimental materials such as hemp sacking, natural elements like seed shells and pods. His designs often resembled flower blooms. Well-known clients included Ava Gardner, Greta Garbo and Rita Hayworth. One of his ultra chic designs is shown below.