Fashion Statement: Jean Muir

“The clothes in themselves do not make a statement. The woman makes a statement and the dress helps.” —English dressmaker Jean Muir, who died on this day in 1995.

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Fashion Statement: Claire McCardell

“Clothes may make the woman, but the woman can also make the clothes. When a dress runs away with the woman, it’s a horror.” —American fashion designer Claire McCardell, who was born on this day in 1905. The quote comes from the Time magazine (above) featuring McCardell as its May 2, 1955, cover story; the Maryland native was only the fourth fashion designer to ever make the cover of Time and just the second American to do so. During the mid-20th century, McCardell was arguably the most successful designer in the United States, making millions with her innovative Read More »

Fashion Statement: Diana Vreeland

“Balenciaga did the most delicious evening clothes. Clothes aren’t delicious any more.” —fashion editor Diana Vreeland from D.V., her autobiography published on this day in 1984 that has since become the bible for anyone interested in the history of fashion. Vreeland influenced how women dressed and considered fashion during the 20th century probably more than any other single person. Harper’s Bazaar editor Carmel Snow courted Vreeland in 1936, after spotting her at an event at the St. Regis Hotel Read More »

Fashion Statement: Naomi Sims

“It’s ‘in’ to use me, and maybe some people do it when they don’t really like me. But even if they are prejudiced, they have to be tactful if they want a good picture.” —Naomi Sims, American model (1948–2009). On this day in 1969, Read More »

Fashion Statement: Slim Keith

“I was a fabulous arm-piece, the ultimate decoration.” Slim Keith, American socialite and style icon, who died on this day in 1990. Lady Mary Raye Nancy Gross Hawks Hayward “Slim” Keith was the original California girl, an originator of American chic, the first non-designer to receive the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award (for her “impact on fashion”) and was named the Best Dressed Woman in the World in 1946. Men chased Read More »

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