From the Archives: Marc Bohan for Dior

Last week's announcement that Raf Simons is leaving Christian Dior reminded us of this 2012 post on Marc Bohan, who designed for the House of Dior for thirty years. Simons is only the fifth designer to hold the position of creative director... Read Article ››

Deceptive Simplicity

Although he is best known today for his avant-garde "Space Age" designs in futuristic materials like plastic and metal, couturier André Courrèges (b. 1923) was equally celebrated in the 1960s for his impeccable tailoring, a legacy of his... Read Article ››

Merry Pranksters

Today, the word "motley" is a synonym for "mixed" or "heterogeneous." In the 14th century, however, it signified a textile or garment of two or more colors, particularly the clothing worn by jesters. The jester's multicolored... Read Article ››

Givenchy Goes Global

New York Fashion Week, which concludes today, marked the first stateside fashion show by the venerable French house of Givenchy. In honor of the opening of the label's U.S. flagship, Givenchy presented its Spring/Summer 2016 collection in New York rather... Read Article ››

The Nude Look

"The nude look is the new look," Women's Wear Daily declared on February 15, 1966. In Paris, daring couturiers like Pierre Cardin and Yves Saint Laurent were crafting barely-there dresses of unlined chiffon, strategically embellished with... Read Article ››

Remembering Arnold Scaasi

A week ago today, the fashion world lost designer Arnold Scaasi (1930-2015), whose gowns have been seen on the red carpet and on First Ladies from Mamie Eisenhower to Laura Bush. Scaasi is best known for his outrageously theatrical looks for sixties... Read Article ››

Vivier’s “Virgule”

In honor of Bastille Day, we salute legendary French footwear designer Roger Vivier (1907-1998). Before working for Delman and Dior, Vivier studied sculpture at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris–training evident in his... Read Article ››

Just Add Water, Part II

In keeping with this week's beachy blog theme, here is a very different swimsuit, made of equally impractical materials. The publicity surrounding the scandalous bikini (introduced in 1946) had subsided by the 1960s, but not the carnal delight in gazing... Read Article ››

Summer Whites

Traditionally, white clothing has been reserved for the summer months, between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, we're getting our summer whites out of storage! Marc Bohan for Christian DiorSpring/Summer 1968Gift of Mrs.... Read Article ››

Spotted: Elegance in Black and White

This chic mid-century ensemble is typical of the elegant but wearable clothes designed by Adele Simpson (1904-1995). The youngest of five sisters, Simpson landed her first Seventh Avenue job at the age of 17. By 21, she was one of the best-paid... Read Article ››

Mod Man: Oscar de la Renta

Nearly six months after his death, the late Oscar de la Renta is remembered for creating elegant, feminine gowns for socialites, First Ladies, and denizens of the red carpet. But his early collections were straight out of the the swinging '60s; one of his... Read Article ››

Ready for the Red Carpet

  With the Golden Globe Awards just past and the Academy Awards one month away, it's the time of year when red carpet fashions are on our mind. The red carpet as an arena for a celebrity viewing probably first emerged in the 1920s. Sid Grauman,... Read Article ››