Lecoanet Hemant

They've dressed international film stars and French aristocrats. Award-winning design duo Hemant Sagar and Didier Lecoanet combine fluid silhouettes with intricate detailing - bringing the precision of haute couture to pret-a-porter.

Designs are architectural, with pure clean lines (Le Corbusier and Mondrian are key influences).

A sculptural lace top, an asymmetric dress inspired by the urban skyline - designed for the elegant, independent woman, these versatile pieces take her effortlessly from day to night.

Couturiers since the 1980s - they opened their first shop on Paris's Faubourg Saint Honore, with Juliette Cambursano, former head forewoman at Cristobal Balenciaga and Mila Schön, running the workshop - Lecoanet Hemant are today based in Delhi, to take advantage of exquisite textiles, beading and embellishment.

They won the Swarovksi Creation Prize 2005 and the Designer of the Year Award, Miami 2007. Their work is in collections at London's Victoria and Albert Museum; Deutsches Museum, Berlin; and Musée des Arts de la Mode, Paris.

HEMANT SAGAR WAS BORN IN 1957 IN NEW DELHI TO AN INDIAN FATHER AND GERMAN MOTHER. HE SPENT HIS CHILDHOOD IN DELHI AND THEN WENT TO STUDY DESIGN AND DRESSMAKING IN GERMANY AS A TEENAGER.  HE STARTED HIS CAREER IN FASHION AS AN APPRENTICE IN GERMANY AND THEN WENT TO PARIS AND JOINED THE ECOLE DE LA CHAMBRE SYNDICALE DE COUTURE PARISIENNE, WHERE HE MET DIDIER.

DIDIER LECOANET WAS BORN IN 1955 AT CHAUMONT IN FRANCE.  HE STUDIED FINE ARTS AND STARTED HIS CAREER IN ADVERTISING, BUT QUICKLY HE REALISED THAT HIS HEART LAY IN THE WORLD OF COUTURE.  HE JOINED THE ECOLE DE LA CHAMBRE SYNDICALE DE COUTURE PARISIENNE, WHERE HE MET HEMANT AND FROM THERE THEY FOUNDED THE BUSINESS LECOANET HEMANT