Mouret was born in Lourdes, France. His fashion training consisted of three months in a Parisian fashion college in 1979. In the 1980s, Mouret worked as creative director with Gai Pied Hebdo, a Paris-based gay publication, and was an Act Up activist. When he left school to begin designing, he lacked skill in garment construction yet had “a native awareness of sensuality” that allowed him to create “irresistible” clothing. Sharai and André Meyers bought his line in 1998. After seven years and a move to New York, Mouret introduced his Galaxy dress in his Spring 2006 collection. Called the “dress of the season” by many, its ubiquity was such that Vogue magazine would later write that “for weeks you [couldn’t] open a newspaper or magazine without seeing another young Hollywood A-lister wearing” it. Less than two months after the dress’s runway debut, Mouret split with his backers in a move that shocked the fashion world. Mouret cited “managerial differences”, but neither he nor the Meyerses has ever elaborated on the cause of the break-up. After Mouret left his label, he took a two-year hiatus. He found a new backer in Simon Fuller and launched a comeback under the name RM by the designer Roland Mouret. (His previous backers had retained the rights to the Roland Mouret brand.) Under the new partnership, Mouret owns 50% of the business and is allowed creative freedom. Before the bona fide launch of his new line, Mouret undertook small design engagements to pique public interest. He partnered with Bergdorf Goodman for a one-time-only consignment in which he personally signed each of the 36 dresses. He escorted Jacquetta Wheeler to the Met Costume Institute ball; she wore a long version of the Bergdorf dress. Mouret also designed a limited-edition dress line for the Gap.