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Joan Crawford modeling Change, a two-piece silk dinner dress with gold paillettes designed by Gilbert Adrian for the film Humor-esque (1946). Bettmann CORBIS. New York and Paris, circa 1921-22. Family Married Janet Gaynor in 1939 son Robin. Career Film and theater designer, New York, 1921-28 designer, MGM studios, Hollywood, 1928-39 ready-to-wear and custom clothing salon established, Beverly Hills, 1942-52 fragrances Saint and Sinner introduced, 1946 opened New York boutique, 1948 retired to...

Akira

Born Maki Akira, Oita, Japan, circa 1949. Education Graduated from Oita University worked for and studied fashion with Reiko Minami, Tokyo. Career Moved to New York, 1974 tailor, Halston, 1976-81 showed first own collection, 1982 began designing wedding dresses for high-end department stores, from late 1990s. Morris, Bernadine, Bolder Designs for Evening, in the New York Times, 27 August 1985. Hyde, Ann, Akira on Bias, in Threads (Newtown, Connecticut), October November 1991. Horyn, Cathy,...

Ally Capellino

Founded by Middlesex Polytechnic graduates Alison Lloyd and Johnathan JonoPlatt in 1979. Company History After graduation, they worked for Courtaulds, then Platt worked for Betty Jackson and Lloyd made hats and jewelry at home designed accessories, selling to Miss Selfridges chain, 1979 developed clothing range, 1980 critically acclaimed collection for Olympic Games, Moscow, 1980 introduced childrenswear line, Mini Capellino, 1981 menswear line launched, 1986 signed licensing agreement with CGO...

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Linda Stegemeyer

New York Victor Alfaro, in Women's Wear Daily, 4 November 1994. Spindler, Amy M., Learning from Las Vegas and Show World, in the New York Times, 5 November 1994. Victor Alfaro, fall 2000 collection. Reuters NewMedia Inc. CORBIS. Min, Janice, and Allison Lynn, Fitting Pretty Going for Sheer Glamor, Designer Victor Alfaro Gives Grunge the Gate, in People, 20 March 1995. Rising Star, in Women's Wear Daily, September 1994. New York Comes Alive, in Women's Wear Daily, 1 April 1996. White, Constance...

Editors Note From The First Edition

This volume is dedicated to Colin Naylor 1944 92 , who initiated its publication and was editor until his early death. Colin's distinguished contributions to the arts as editor of Art amp Artists and as editor of indispensable reference volumes published by St. James Press and the Gale Group resonate with his lively sense of the role of contemporary arts. I had the privilege of writing for him at Art amp Artists decades ago and began on this volume in order to be involved again with an old...

Adri

Joseph, Missouri, 7 November 1934. Education Attended St. Joseph Junior College, 1953 studied retailing and design, Washington University School of Fine Arts , St. Friedman, Arthur, Always Adolfo, in Women's Wear Daily, 21 July 1992. -, Adolfo Closing His RTW Salon After 25 Years Golden Era Ends, in Women's Wear Daily, 18 March 1993. Schiro Anne-Marie, Adolfo Decides It's Time to Stop Designing, in the New York Times, 19 March 1993. Adieu Adolfo, in Chicago...

Contemporary Fashion Introduction

Fashion is often perceived as frivolous, irrational, and dictatorial. Changes in fashion strike many people as mysterious, arbitrary, and senseless except as part of a conspiracy to trick fashion victims into buying unnecessary new clothes. In 19th-century America, dress reformers argued that contemporary fashion was created by a cabal of male couturiers and Parisian courtesans, who sought to become rich by promoting immoral styles. Although courtesans are no longer significant trendsetters,...

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Dorothee Bis Knitted Dress

Joan Crawford modeling Change, a two-piece silk dinner dress with gold paillettes designed by Gilbert Adrian for the film Humor-esque 1946 . Bettmann CORBIS. New York and Paris, circa 1921-22. Family Married Janet Gaynor in 1939 son Robin. Career Film and theater designer, New York, 1921-28 designer, MGM studios, Hollywood, 1928-39 ready-to-wear and custom clothing salon established, Beverly Hills, 1942-52 fragrances Saint and Sinner introduced, 1946 opened New York boutique, 1948 retired to...

Adolfo

Sardina in Cardenas, Cuba, 15 February 1933 immigrated to New York, 1948, naturalized, 1958. Education B.A., St. Ignacious de Loyola Jesuit School, Havana, 1950. Military Service Served in the U.S. Navy. Career Apprentice millinery designer, Bergdorf Goodman, 1948-51 apprentice milliner at Cristobal Balenciaga Salon, Paris, 1950-52, and at Bergdorf Goodman, New York designed millinery as Adolfo of Emme, 1951-58 also worked as unpaid apprentice for Chanel fashion house, Paris,...

Editors Note From The Current Edition

I have been happy to perpetuate a project beloved by both Colin Naylor 1944-92 and Richard Martin 1947-99 , and believe each would be pleased with Contemporary Fashion, 2nd Edition. Unique to the second volume is an advisory board of industry professionals, who helped select the new designers and companies added to the previous edition's international mix. Additionally, the number of photographs is more than double the original, so readers and researchers may experience both a written and...