item 16 - Women's Wear: Fall/Winter 1953; Spring/Summer 1954; Miscellaneous coverage of his designs for socialites and actresses

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US NNFIT SC.396.1.16

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Women's Wear: Fall/Winter 1953; Spring/Summer 1954; Miscellaneous coverage of his designs for socialites and actresses

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35 leaves (70 pages), 2 folders

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(1891-1976)

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Volume 16 includes coverage of Mainbocher's Fall/Winter 1953 and Spring/Summer 1954 collections. In the fall, newspaper headlines were dominated by his "shunning [of] extremes" in fashion, while for spring he was recognized for two big innovations in his pairings of fabrics: tweed with polka dots and gingham under lace. This volume also contains miscellaneous coverage of his designs for high society women such as Mary Frances Griffin and Mrs. William Paley; coverage of the top ten best dressed women, several of whom were Mainbocher clients; articles on his designs for theatre; and articles that quote the designer on his thoughts about Christian Dior's latest silhouette. Folders include a printout document dated September 17, 1953 with large photographs of the fashions from his fall collection, and a program from the Versailles Ball, which lists Mainbocher as serving on the men's committee.

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Volume 16 was previously titled "High Society, 1953-1954."

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