B) check out the vintage fashion guild
Here is what they have to say:
Jean-Louis Scherrer trained as a dancer, but was unable to pursue that career due to an injury at age 20. He then studied fashion at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture in Paris. In 1955, he began working at the house of Dior alongside Yves St. Laurent. It was at Dior that he perfected his cutting and draping skills. In 1957, Scherrer left Dior when St. Laurent was appointed head designer after Dior's death. He designed at Louis Ferraud until 1961.
In 1962, Scherrer began his own couture house. His garments were classic and restrained and he was known for his elegant evening wear. In the 70's, he dressed many wives of affluent Arabs, as his longer, covered-up designs satisfied the modesty required by such ladies, while also proclaiming their wealth. Sherrer started a ready-to-wear line in 1971.
In 1992, the house was sold to Seibu of Japan, and Mr. Scherrer left the company he had built. France Luxury Group bought the house of Jean-Louis Scherrer in 2001.
See the coat above? That is part of the Iris Barrel Apfel Collection at the Met. It's a crazy confection of duck, rooster and fowl feathers. It's dated as 1990-1991
I do have a piece from this oft forgotten, but fabulous designer. I should pull it out. I find it hard to part with these types of pieces though. They are so rare and unique.
I am certain mine is a 70's piece so it is pretty special.
I get a bit mine, mine, mine but maybe I will share a picture at least