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  • A sneak peek into Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Met


    I popped uptown yesterday to the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute’s new Anna Wintour Costume Center for the press preview of its first exhibition, Charles James: Beyond Fashion spotlighting the career of  the legendary 20th-century Anglo-American couturier  (1906–1978). Through the years, I’ve seen pieces of James work  and many of the gowns on display seemed like beautiful old friends that I was delighted to reaquaint with. But it wasn’t a gown that made me smile. It was seeing his white celenese satin jacket with eiderdown…

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  • American Fashion On View


    Must See: American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection at the Brooklyn MuseumHere’s a fashion treat for those of you in the city this holiday weekend or in the next 2 months.The Brooklyn Museum, it’s an incredible museum that’s just a few train stops out of Manhattan, marks its new relationship with the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with an exhibition of some of the most renowned objects from its esteemed costume collection.The fashion exhibition consists of…

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  • Clothing Construction, the Beauty Behind the Seams


    It’s so easy to get the look, but what is the mastery behind its seams?”Knowing the sewing construction is what makes one a designer not a stylist,” Charles Kleibacker, at the FIT American Style Symposium. There’s no doubt that I’m a seam queen! I can spot a well-made garment in an instant and appreciate the craft that went into its construction. It comes from a discerning eye and knowing when it matters most to have the best that you can…

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