Tag Archives: Cristobal Balenciaga

October Treasure of the Month: Monte Santo & Pruzan

This month’s treasure comes from Special Collections and FIT Archives. It features the wonderful sketches and swatches collection of the coats and suits manufacturer Monte Santo & Pruzan. Vincent Monte Santo was the man who started it all. In 1915 … Continue reading

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  (left) Balenciaga single seam wedding dress, 1967; (right) “Good Kate, Bad Kate,” Kate Moss, photographed by Steven Klein, W Magazine March 2012.

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December Treasure of the Month

What are you wearing to your New Year’s Eve party? undecided? Here are some ideas from the Bergdorf Goodman Archives, now at FIT’s Special Collections. These dresses and others were available for customers to order through Bergdorf’s Custom Salon from … Continue reading

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Haute Couture techniques with expert Claire Shaeffer

By  Anna Yanofsky The only thing better than spending a long morning ogling a rack of couture garments, is doing so with an expert guide. In her many years as one of sewing’s premiere Haute Couture technique experts, teachers, and … Continue reading

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(left) Mantle Coat, Cristobal Balenciaga, 1950. Photograph by Irving Penn. (right) Stephane Rolland Spring 2011 haute couture. Image from Style.com

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Two new exhibitions at Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum holds a collection of over 4,500 American and European garments, shoes and accessories and hosts four fashion-related exhibitions every year. The exhibition Fashion Independent: The original Style of Ann Bonfoey Taylor opened February 27th and celebrates the … Continue reading

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When Nicolas Met Cristobal

Let’s start with a confession: I am a total fashion magazines addict, I read them cover to cover, I cut out images that I like and I find it hard to throw them away so they just pile up in … Continue reading

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Cristobal Balenciaga, photograph by Irving Penn, 1950.          Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair, FW 2010-11 Collection.

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