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Discussions about the Imperial Family and European Royalty => The Yussupovs => Topic started by: JM on May 09, 2004, 08:41:18 PM

Title: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: JM on May 09, 2004, 08:41:18 PM
What exactly happend to Irfe? Were people responsive to its products? Did Felix actually design the clothes? Was there a flagship store? Do any pictures relating to Irfe remain?

I really, really want to know!
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: Antonio_P.Caballer on May 09, 2004, 08:48:37 PM
The best published source about Irfe and many other russian aristocrats´ in exile activities is, as far as i know, "Beauty in Exile".
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: JM on May 09, 2004, 08:55:34 PM
It's already on my Amazon Wish List! But there's a thousand dollars worth of books ahead of it. In the meantime can someone that has the book fill me in?
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: Antonio_P.Caballer on May 09, 2004, 09:08:27 PM
There´re a lot of material, designs, advertisments and so on from Irfe in the Library of decorative arts in Paris. The house of Irfe was located in 19 rue Duphot, Paris.
The firm was liquidated in 1931. Before liquidation Felix made a last attempt to save it by uniting with the russian fashion house of Yteb.
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: wolfgang on July 06, 2004, 06:02:06 PM
you can always get books through Interlibrary loan, either from a public library or through a university library, :)
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: JM on July 07, 2004, 02:20:05 PM
I've been on bad terms with my library since grade four. But I got another library card with a slightly modified name a few years back. But the pleasure of borrowing things has certaintly lost its appeal. I buy everything I like now, no borrowing.

University library? Am I allowed to borrow books from the University library?
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: scarlett_riviera on March 01, 2007, 10:30:01 AM
I was going through old threads here and found out that they created a fashion brand sometime in the 20s. I was wondering if it produced a lot of income for them, and if it was high-end or whatnot. I don't believe it lasted long, because in the later years of their lives, they supposedly went bankrupt (or was close to it) and was only saved by winning a lawsuit.

I read somewhere that a lot of Russian emigres turned to fashion after the revolution, including Dmitri's sister. That's pretty great! :D
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: Annie on March 01, 2007, 10:44:17 AM
From what I've read, they did well with it for awhile but basically lost the business in the stock market crash of 1929 (depression). They were so bad off they were forced to sell their home to an ex Irfe customer, a cantankerous old lady who allowed them to stay on as 'help' for her. She practicallly made servants out of Felix, Irina, Bebe and Zenaida, which of course was hurtful to them. They were able to rebound after Felix sued MGM over the Rasputin movie.
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: scarlett_riviera on March 02, 2007, 03:53:27 AM
Thanks for the info, Annie.
They were treated like servants! That's really, really horrible. I can only imagine how Felix reacted when the old lady bossed him around.  >:(
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: ashdean on March 02, 2007, 10:11:12 AM
I think Madame Whobee treated Felix & Irina more as celebrity trophies...I do not think Princess Zenaida came into the equation..though it was Felix going to visit his mother that led to the breach with the dominant Mme W & meant the family lost their Rue Gutenberg home..
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: griffh on March 02, 2007, 11:33:13 PM
scarlett_riviera, 

There is a wonderful book entitled, "Beauty in Exile," by Alexandre Vassiliev, (Hardcover - Nov 1, 2000).  ALexandre Vassilev book is devoted the artists, models, and nobility who fled the Russian Revolution and influenced the World of Fashion.  Alexandre devotes a chapter to the Yusupov couture house, Irfe.  The book is a total treasure and you can purchase a copy of it on Amazon for $15.00 US.  It is well worth the investment.  Alexandre is a fashion correspondent for both Russian Harpers and Vogue.  This is the second edition and has expanded information.  I can't wait for his third edition.
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: scarlett_riviera on March 03, 2007, 01:21:47 AM
"Alexandre is a fashion correspondent for both Russian Harpers and Vogue."

For that alone I will definitely need to order that book! I'm a huge Harpers fan! Thanks for the info, the book seems very interesting.  :D
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: TampaBay on March 03, 2007, 11:45:44 AM
For that alone I will definitely need to order that book! I'm a huge Harpers fan! Thanks for the info, the book seems very interesting.  :D


Are you referring to British Harpers & Queen or American Harper's Bazzar?

Am I going crazy or is American Vogue covering everything now except fashion?

TampaBay
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: Robert_Hall on March 03, 2007, 11:57:52 AM
I, for one, prefer Harper's [both uk & us].
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: TampaBay on March 03, 2007, 12:02:50 PM
IMO the best part about American Vogue is the advertisments.  I but fashion magazines to read ABOUT FASHION not the people who where fashion.  I miss the Vogue of Diane Veerland's era.  Diane Veerland thought very highly of Wallis Simpson & Irina's personal style.

TampaBay
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: Robert_Hall on March 03, 2007, 12:42:07 PM
TB- her name is/was VREELAND!
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: TampaBay on March 03, 2007, 01:52:49 PM
Mr fingers were typing faster than Brain!  :D :D :D

TampaBay
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: scarlett_riviera on March 04, 2007, 03:01:11 AM
I like Harpers & Queen. Some of the articles they write are really good! I haven't heard of the Bolshoi (spelling?) Theatre until I read their article on it. I haven't picked up a Vogue cover in like foreeeever. But if they'd write an article about Irfe or something I wouldn't hesitate to buy it! =D
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: TampaBay on March 04, 2007, 07:49:51 AM
I like Harpers & Queen. Some of the articles they write are really good! I haven't heard of the Bolshoi (spelling?) Theatre until I read their article on it. I haven't picked up a Vogue cover in like foreeeever. But if they'd write an article about Irfe or something I wouldn't hesitate to buy it! =D

This is my point exactly!!!  American Vogue would run an article about Marie-Chantal, CP of Greece, wearing Valentino.  The artcle would be about Marie Chantal not Valentino.

TampaBay
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: ashanti01 on October 16, 2007, 12:49:26 PM
(http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/ashanti01/youssoupov/irfe.jpg)
Ad for Irfe

(http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/ashanti01/youssoupov/Irfedress.jpg)
A Irfe dress from 1927
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: pookiepie on October 16, 2007, 01:50:42 PM
where did you find these pictures? i love the ad.
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: ashanti01 on October 16, 2007, 01:55:33 PM
The dress
http://www.24hourmuseum.org.uk/nwh_gfx_en/ART27724.html

The ad
http://www.rustrana.ru/article.php?nid=2087

Just googled and found it!
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: ashanti01 on October 27, 2007, 02:33:38 AM
(http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/ashanti01/youssoupov/irfeadd.jpg)
Ad for Irfe
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: ashanti01 on October 30, 2007, 11:53:23 PM
(http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/ashanti01/youssoupov/irfeadv.jpg)
Drawings from the magazine Paris elegant of designs for daytime summer dresses from the houses of Irfe, Les Soeurs Willy and Christiane November 1927

Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: Alexandre64 on February 10, 2008, 06:40:08 AM
Hello,
Publicity of the house Irfe
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Youssoupov/11707764309421881.jpg
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: Alexandre64 on April 25, 2008, 08:11:56 AM
Sketch bottle for home sewing:
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Youssoupov/vlcsnap-326284.png
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: Annie on July 10, 2008, 08:01:51 AM
Look, it's being brought back by Xenia Sfris!

 Russian label Irfe, founded by exiled aristocrats, rises from its ashes in Paris

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/07/01/arts/France-Fashion-Russia.php

PARIS: The history of Russian fashion label Irfe reads like a rollicking bestseller, but for designer Olga Sorokina, it's a fairytale come true.

Almost eight decades after the original house of Irfe shuttered its doors, Sorokina presented her first collection for the label during couture week in Paris, with the hope of restoring it to its former glory.

Models paraded on the steps of the Palais de Tokyo contemporary art museum in bias-cut silk gowns and rich astrakhan fur jackets inspired by the sleek fashions of the 1920s and 1930s.

"The story of this house is a part of Russia's history and heritage," Sorokina, speaking through an interpreter, told reporters at the presentation late on Monday.

Founded in Paris in 1924 by Prince Felix Yusupov and his wife Irina, the niece of the last Russian Czar Nicholas II, Irfe rapidly conquered a following amid chic European and American customers who were dazzled by its aristocratic founders.

The fact that Yusupov had played a part in the murder of the self-declared holy man Rasputin at his family palace in St. Petersburg added a frisson of excitement.

But the prince had little business sense, and two years after the 1929 Wall Street crash ruined his most prosperous clients, Yusupov was forced to shutter Irfe.

Only two of the house's original creations survive, as many American clients used to clip the labels out of the dresses they bought in Paris in the hope of evading customs duties.

Sorokina said she was drawn to the label after reading "Beauty in Exile," fashion historian's Alexandre Vassiliev's account of the artists, models and nobility who fled the Russian revolution and influenced the world of fashion.

She contacted Xenia Sphiris, the granddaughter of the founders, who agreed to relaunch the brand.

"We thought about it and we talked about it and the idea was fantastic, and I know that my grandparents loved that house," Sphiris, who was born Sheremeteva, told The Associated Press.

She said the label was financially backed by Russian businessman Andrei Strukov, but Strukov declined to comment on his involvement or to detail the shareholder structure of the new firm.

The relaunch of Irfe is testament to the growing purchasing power of Russia's new rich, who have joined the exclusive coterie of haute couture clients in recent years.

Sorokina, a 23-year-old former model from Belarus, is riding on the coattails of this meteoric rise.

She confessed she was nervous presenting her creations in Paris, where prestigious houses like Chanel and Christian Dior are unveiling their latest made-to-measure creations to wealthy clients this week. Nonetheless, she was confident of making her mark.

"Paris is definitely still the capital of fashion, but in a few years Russian designers will break out in the international market," predicted Sorokina, who was dressed in a close-fitting cream silk trouser suit of her own design.

Irfe has bold plans for a fledgling firm. It expects to open its first store on Moscow's exclusive Stoleshnikov Lane this winter, with further shops planned in Paris, Milan and New York.

Irfe also plans to introduce a perfume range and a line of jewelry based on the legendary jewels of the Yusupov, Sheremetev and Romanov families.
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: Annie on July 10, 2008, 08:07:03 AM
Here's another one

I guess by descendants of Czars/Tsars they mean Xenia Sfris through Xenia Alexandrovna?


 Czar's descendants re-launch Roaring 20s fashion house



by Claire Rosemberg Tue Jul 1, 12:08 PM ET

PARIS (AFP) - Descendants of Russia's fallen czars and the cream of global fashion feted the re-launch Monday of a 1920s label founded by high-society Bolshevik exiles, the Romanovs and Yusupovs, for the international elite of the time.


Champagne flowed and waiters kept trays of tidbits circulating at a crowded open-air evening launch appropriately held amid the towering columns of the art deco 1930s Palais de Tokyo in a posh part of town.

"This is incredible, a dream," said star-of-the-evening Countess Xenia Sheremeteva-Yusupov, also known as just Mrs Ilia Sphiris, grand-daughter of the illustrious couple who in 1924 founded Irfe, a fashion house with a brief but equally illustrious history.

"I know how much my grandparents loved that house," she added.

Oxford-educated prince Felix Yusupov, descendant of a famed Russian dynasty dating its roots back to the Islamic Prophet Ali, inherited one of the biggest fortunes of Russia, cavorted across Europe, hob-nobbed with the rich and arty, and wound up banished from court after taking part in Rasputin's assassination.

In 1914, he married Princess Irini Romanov, related to Nicholas II and said to have been one of the most dazzling beauties of the time. The couple fled Russia in 1919 to live in relative comfort and style in emigre circles in Italy, then France.

Lovers of fine arts and fine things, the white Russian pair in 1924 founded the house of Irfe in Paris, after the first two letters in each of their names, launching their first collection at the Ritz and then showing inside their own theatre, built in their Parisian home.

Noted by Vogue and popular with American millionairesses, Irfe offered hand-embroidered, hand-painted elegance, but crashed in 1931 due to the dire straits of its clientele after the Great Depression.

Monday's 2008 revival harked back to the glory days.

A batch of 24 skinny models, with hair slicked back and thick pencilled eyebrows, posed for cameras in long slinky satin numbers on high steps inside the Paris palace, like a mini-version of a Ziegfeld Follies.

Worn with very, very high heels, the Irfe renaissance collection featured evening tuxedos, flowing gowns, swathes of fur and a couple of chic day-coats perfect for a ride on the Orient Express.

"My goal," said designer Olga Sorokina, a 23-year-old former model from Belarus, "is the revival of Russian tradition. This house was born when Russian people played an important role in fashion."

Irfe, she said, planned to open a store in Moscow next winter not far from top luxury house Louis Vuitton, then open boutiques in Milan and Paris.

"This brand is so much part of Russian history that there was no problem in finding investors," said Sorokina, a tall thin blonde dressed in white satin with a purple bow who heads the house as well as being chief designer.

Countess Sheremeteva-Yusupov, who has given her blessing to the revived Irfe, said the idea of re-launching a Russia house had come from Sorokina and one of her associates.

(note to mods: the reason I'm posting the entire article is that Yahoo! and some other sites kill their links after a few weeks or even days and the story will no longer be available to read, leaving a dead link and lost info)
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: Royal Bulgaria on December 06, 2008, 09:24:44 AM
(http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii116/olga_romanov/1924ter.jpg)
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: Felicia on December 12, 2008, 11:48:32 AM
Really beautiful fashions.
Well, Felix in his memories wrote also about parfume magazine, if I am not mistaken (which was with Irfe). Am I right?
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: Royal Bulgaria on December 13, 2008, 09:35:14 AM
Yes you are right Felicia... i had seen this somewhere... but i don't think something really become from this parfume magazine... Irfe house had longer "glory" then the parfume
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: ashdean on December 13, 2008, 11:11:43 AM
Yes you are right Felicia... i had seen this somewhere... but i don't think something really become from this parfume magazine... Irfe house had longer "glory" then the parfume
Felix and Irina launched a perfume/cosmetics range in London in 1935...it does not seem to have taken off very well.
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: Royal Bulgaria on December 13, 2008, 11:46:33 AM
Well i heard it the parfume things didn't went well and it was closed i don't know for 100%
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on January 08, 2010, 09:26:55 AM
The brand Irfé has open on the Fauburg ST Honoré street in Paris

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/irf.jpg)

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/ir.jpg)

http://www.grazia.fr/le-studio/style/IRFE
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: Carolath Habsburg on January 08, 2010, 09:54:54 AM
i dont know if someone bought the rights of the name "Irfe" over here but near of my apartment exist a very trendy and expensive fashion store named also "Irfe"

(http://i46.tinypic.com/34srluv.jpg)

Funny coincidence

Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on January 11, 2010, 04:50:53 PM
http://fr.rbth.ru/articles/2009/11/18/181109_reves.html

There is also a facebok fan page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/IRFE/128852413702

Vassia
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on March 22, 2010, 07:06:11 PM
The official website of the brand has been launched:
http://www.irfe.com/
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: scarlett_riviera on September 15, 2010, 12:07:45 AM
The official website of the brand has been launched:
http://www.irfe.com/

Very nice! I love their bags, even if they are a little over the top. So pretty, but very expensive!
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: perfecciona on September 15, 2010, 10:57:52 AM
I really like the Spring/Summer 2010 collection. I don't think I would ever be able to walk in those shoes though, the heels look too high.
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: scarlett_riviera on September 16, 2010, 12:12:30 AM
I really like the Spring/Summer 2010 collection. I don't think I would ever be able to walk in those shoes though, the heels look too high.

The Fall/Winter 2010/2011 collection is pretty nice. I reaaally love some of their handbags!Hopefully they come to Asia or the United States so I'll get a chance to walk into a store and really observe their pieces. I'm sure Felix and Irina would be proud.
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on September 16, 2010, 05:45:07 PM
Does anyone have any more photos of Irina in Irfe fashions? I'd love to see more, I'm a big fan of historical fashion and I'm into the '20s styles presently...
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: ashanti01 on December 31, 2010, 05:35:37 AM
Irina in Irfe fashions

(http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/ashanti01/youssoupov/Irina/youngirina/0_2d79a_47bfc1c6_L.jpg)

(http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/ashanti01/youssoupov/Irina/youngirina/irina1920s-1.jpg)

(http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/ashanti01/youssoupov/Irina/youngirina/IrinaYussupova1-1.jpg)

(http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/ashanti01/youssoupov/Irina/youngirina/escanear0110-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: ashanti01 on December 31, 2010, 05:37:38 AM
Not sure if she's wearing an Irfe dress, but here is Irina in an ad for the Irfe perfume.

(http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/5662/10270718a.jpg) (http://img801.imageshack.us/i/10270718a.jpg/)
big thank you to Katenka who recently found and posted this rare find.
 
Title: Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on December 31, 2010, 09:52:20 AM
Ooh, wow, cool! Thanks! I particularly like the 3rd one in the 1st post.  :) 8)