Hanae Mori is born in a small provincial town in the Shimane prefecture outside Tokyo. Her mother, a homemaker, raises her children in the pure Japanese tradition. Her father is a surgeon with a passion for literature, sculpture and fashion.
She studies literature at the Sorbonne in the French capital, centre of fashion.
Influenced by her father and his love of sculpture and fashion, Hanae Mori studies design and fashion. She opens her first atelier in Tokyo.
Japanese film directors take an interest in her creations and she soon becomes one of the most sought-after costume designers. In 1960, with more than 700 creations, she receives the Japan's Fashion Editors' Club award. The symbol of Japanese women's dreams of emancipation and success, Hanae Mori is 'the' avant-garde woman.
1961 Key encounter
Intrigued by the universe of Haute Couture, she sets off to New York and Paris, where she meets Coco Chanel at a fitting session on Rue Cambon. This encounter has a decisive impact on her career and inspires her to dedicate herself to the world of ready-to-wear and Haute Couture.
Passionate and serious about her work, Hanae Mori inaugurates her first Haute Couture collection, inspired by her dual culture. It is a huge success. Her peers recognise her talent and invite her to become a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Parisienne (Paris Haute Couture Trade Association). With the departure of Yves Saint Laurent, there are now ten fashion houses bearing the Haute Couture label: Torrente, Dior, Chanel, Lacroix, Ungaro, Scherrer, Givenchy, Balmain, Jean Paul Gaultier and Hanae Mori.
'The Best Six 1979' fashion show is organised for the first time to promote fashion in Japan. The designers asked to participate are Thierry Mugler for Paris, Stephen Burrows for New York, Gianni Versace for Milan, Jean Muir for London, and Issey Miyake and Hanae Mori for Tokyo.
1983 The icon
Hanae Mori establishes the 'Fashion Foundation', the goal of which is to promote Japanese designers worldwide and make Tokyo a fashion capital.
She becomes a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters and the National Order of the Legion of Honour in Paris.
1992 Her first boutique in Paris opens on Place de l’Alma
Hanae Mori already has a boutique on the most beautiful avenue in Tokyo. She now opens her first boutique in Paris in the heart of the Golden Triangle, 'the' place for fashion and luxury elegance.
She launches her luxury ready-to-wear line, 'Cashmere & Weekend', dedicated to cashmere, a symbol of luxury, comfort and femininity.
Hanae Mori knows all there is to know about artistic creation; she decides to enter the universe of fragrances and creates her first perfume, BUTTERFLY.
2004 Culmination of a prestigious career
Hanae Mori presents her final Haute Couture collection in 2004, bringing her exceptional career as the Grande Dame of Haute Couture to a close. She continues to offer ready-to-wear collections...