L’Aiglon was founded in 1898 in Philadelphia as part of Biberman Brothers, Inc. The company’s original label read “Biberman Make” but changed in 1919 to “L’Aiglon”. On those early labels you will find “Biberman Make” in small letters. Biberman Make dresses were “wash dresses”, or washable. “Tubable” was the word of the era. Biberman also made bathrobes and uniforms for maids and nurses.
Its founder, Joseph Biberman, committed suicide in 1933 as a result of financial difficulties during the Great Depression. The company, however, survived, and continued to make inexpensive but stylish and attractive dresses for women and juniors. During the 1950s, L’Aiglon dresses were used as costumes on the soap opera, The Edge of Night. The label was trademarked in 1963 so any labels with an R (trademark symbol) are post-1963.
The company produced three labels in addition to their primary L’Aiglon label. Jeanne d’arc was L’Aiglon’s junior’s label. It was launched in 1939 and produced through at least 1965. Dauphine, a label designed for petite sizes, was introduced in 1958 and manufactured through at least 1971. Lady L’Aiglon was a short-lived half size label made in 1962 and 1963. Half sizes were also offered prior to 1962 under the L’Aiglon label.
The company was liquidated in 1975.