Category Archives: Designers/Couturiers

Michaele Vollbracht, 1947 – 2018

Born November 17, 1947 in Kansas City, Missouri, Michael Vollbracht was a fashion designer, illustrator, author, and designer. I worked with him in 1999 when he was the designer for a retrospective exhibition about American shoe designers Beth and Herbert … Continue reading

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Kate Spade, 1962 – 2018

Born in Kansas City on December 24, 1962, Katherine Bresnahan, was attending college when she met her future husband Andy Spade (brother of SNL actor David Spade). The idea of opening a  handbag company came from a casual conversation the … Continue reading

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Acquiring Contemporary Clothing: Weston Wear, c. 2010

When collecting fashions from the recent past for the future, it can be a challenge to make sound decisions without the perspective of time that allows us to see the past more clearly. Since the museum was founded in 2004 … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Carole Little

Mary Carole Lenski was born September 27, 1934. After studying fashion design in Los Angeles, she started her fashion career as a secretary at swimsuit maker Rose Marie Reid. She married her boss, James Little and by the early 1970s … Continue reading

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Judith Leiber, 1921 – 2018

Handbag designer Judith Leiber passed away last Saturday at the age of 97, a few hours after her artist husband of 72 years Gerson Leiber. Both died of heart attacks. Born Judith Marianne Peto in Budapest on Jan. 11, 1921, … Continue reading

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What is Vintage?

Here’s an interesting article about how Chanel is suing the New York vintage clothing store What Goes Around Comes Around for selling ‘vintage’ Chanel. The company is citing unfair competition, false advertising, and trademark infringement. What Goes Around Comes Around … Continue reading

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Hubert de Givenchy, 1927 – 2018

In 1952, at the age of 25, Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy founded his house of fashion. Born in Beauvais, France, Givenchy studied law before entering the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. The year after he opened … Continue reading

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That time Chanel went to Hollywood…

On January 19, 1931, the New York Times reported film producer Samuel Goldwyn’s announcement: “After more than three years of constant effort, I have at last persuaded Madame Gabrielle Chanel, fashion dictator, to go to Hollywood to co-operate with me … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Evelyn Maureen Baker

Evelyn Maureen Baker passed away December 5, 2017 almost unnoticed. This seems fitting since Baker worked most of her life incognito under the label Susan Small. Born in London on May 26, 1920, Maureen was one of six children and … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Donald Campbell

Born in Cobourg Ontario in c. 1934, Campbell trained in fashion at Ryerson Polytechnic before apprenticing with John Cavanagh in London from 1954-1956. Campbell opened his own dressmaking workshop in Bayswater Road in November 1957, but by the fall of … Continue reading

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