La Dolce Vita: An Ode To The Little Black Dress

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It’s been said that Cristobal Balenciaga’s 1957 sack dress supposedly inspired the premise for Federico Fellini’s 1960 morality tale, La Dolce Vita. The sack dress, “rendered a woman gorgeous who could be a skeleton of squalor and solitude inside” not unlike the flipside of the “sweet life” the film portrays. The premise is just as […]

Shocking Schiaperelli

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“Bright, impossible, impudent, becoming, life-giving, like all the light and the birds and the fish in the world put together, a color of China and Peru but not of the West…” That was how Elsa Schiaperelli described her distinctive shade of “shocking pink” that she’s known for in fashion circles.  Her collaborations with leading artists […]

Balenciaga: The Master

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No designer in history is as influential, enigmatic or reclusive as Cristobal Balenciaga. Christian Dior referred to him as “the master of us all.” Coco Chanel said he was “a couturier in the truest sense of the word, the rest of us are just fashion designers.”   The most colorful description of the famed designer came […]

The True Creator of the American Look

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Ask most people who was the creator of the “American Look” and they’d likely tell you Donna Karan, Calvin Klein or Ralph Lauren. In reality fashion designer, Claire McCardell, created the fresh and casual often associated with American style.  Her deliberate simplicity and focus on practicality in her designs enabled mass production and thereby accessibly […]

Rear Window Style

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Some watch Hitchcock films as much for the fashion as they do for the mystery, Rear Window (1954) is no exception. Grace Kelly’s wardrobe in this film, designed by Edith Head and like most Hitchcock films, is central to the story.  Hitchcock understood the power of clothing and it’s ability to evoke or trigger certain […]

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