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My Own Little Piece of Givenchy

Readers, News of the passing of Hubert de Givenchy reminded me that I have a pattern dating from 1960 for a suit he designed, as the envelope proudly proclaims, “exclusively for McCall’s.” I bought it in an eBay auction about fifteen years ago, and...

Backstage at the Goldstein: Merry and Bright

Readers, Here is another item from the Goldstein Museum of Design that I came across when I was working on the donor files project. It is one of several hats, all from the 1950s or ’60s, donated by Mrs. John Gill. (Note to self: find her first name!) Of all Mrs....

Anatomy of a Dud: The Green Scarf

Readers, Do you have an unusual wardrobe item you bought in a moment of inspiration that you’ve never worn?  Do you know why you bought it?  Do you know why you never wear it? My Exhibit A is…the green scarf. It looked harmless enough.  It even had a name:...