Lucie Porges brought a combination of elegance and a relaxed sensibility to her long and fruitful collaboration with top fashion designer Pauline Trigère. Porges and her family fled Vienna in 1938, making their way to Switzerland, where Porges entered the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Geneva in 1945. In 1948 she moved to Paris and worked under several couturiers while drawing for the magazine L’Art et La Mode. In 1951 she married Paul Peter Porges and moved to New York, where she met fashion queen Pauline Trigère and began working for her, doing everything from designs to buying fabric in Paris to organizing shows and booking models and photographers. Over time, the pair began collaborating as equals, with Trigère focused on evening wear while Porges specialized in relaxed but elegant day wear. In 1984 Porges earned praise for her work independent of Trigère with a feature in the New York Times fashion supplement. After Trigère’s retirement in 1994, Porges continued to design on her own while teaching fashion at the New School for Social Research. In 1998 she began a joint exhibition with her husband, a New Yorker cartoonist, called “Style and Humor,” which opened at the Jewish Museum in her native Vienna.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Lucie Porges." (Viewed on March 20, 2018) <https://jwa.org/people/porges-lucie>.