Hiroko Matsumoto

Hiroko Matsumoto (松本 弘子, Matsumoto Hiroko, 1936-2003) was a Japanese model.

Hiroko Matsumoto
Native name
BornAugust 11, 1936
Tokyo, Japan
DiedJune 21, 2003
Paris, France
Other namesHiroko Berghauer, Hiroko Cathalan
Occupationfashion model
Years active19601967
Known forPierre Cardin, Hanae Mori Fashion House
Henry Berghauer (m. 1967)
Jean-Claude Cathalan (m. 1970)
(s) (uncertain)


Pierre Cardin met and fell in love with Matsumoto in 1960 during a trip to Japan. She would eventually follow him to Paris where she was Cardin's top model.[1][2] Known as Miss Hiroko, she was the first ever Japanese model for a French clothing collection.[3][4]

Matsumoto ended her modeling career in 1967 and married Henry Berghauer, a manager at groupe Pierre Cardin. Berghauer went on to become a manager at Hanae Mori, and later of fashion company Hervé Léger.[5][6] In 1970, Matsumoto played the prominent part of Kyoko, the Japanese lover, in French director François Truffaut's movie Bed and Board. Many of the dresses worn in the movie were designed by the Hanae Mori fashion company.[7]

A few years later, Hiroko Matsumoto married Jean-Claude Cathalan, who, at the time, was a manager at Roussel Uclaf[8][9] He later became the president of Revillon, Parfums Caron, Jean-Louis Scherrer [10] and is the current president of Comité Montaigne.[8][11] Their daughter, Maxime Cathalan, was kidnapped in Neuilly-sur-Seine at the age of 20 months in front of her nurse. The child was returned on 23 June 1975 for a ransom of 1.5 million Franc.[12]

In 2003, Hiroko Cathalan died in Paris at the age of 67 after a long period in the hospital. The cause of her death remains uncertain.[13]


  1. Matthias Gurtler, Pierre Cardin Archived 11 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, VSD, 19 July 2006
  2. Jean-Noël Liaut, Cover Girls and Supermodels 1945-1965
  3. Lorenz, Sylvana (2006). Pierre Cardin, son fabuleux destin. ISBN 978-2846121910.
  4. Briward, Christopher; Gilbert, David (2006). Fashion's World Cities. ISBN 978-1845204136.
  5. L'Officiel de la mode n° 729, 1987, pp. 30-31, Jalou Gallery
  6. Sommaire de la lettre Executives n°351 Archived 8 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine, le 7 février 1997
  7. Filmotruffaut
  8. Who's Who in France
  9. 01.12.2010 – Comité Montaigne: "La Saga des Industries du Luxe: Un atout pour la France", Club des Affaires en Rhénanie du Nord-Westphalie
  10. Jean-Claude Cathalan: "Une démarche très systématique", in L'Anti-Crise, Jean-Pierre Thiollet and M-F Guignard, Dunod, Paris, 1994, pp.26-28
  11. L'Officiel de la mode n 800, 1995, pages 78, 79, Jalou Gallery
  12. La Nouvelle République of 23 June 1975: "Maxime Cathalan libérée par ses ravisseurs"
  13. Obituary: Hiroko Matsumoto, The Japan Times, 23 June 2003

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