I saw this exhibit when I was in New York City in March at the Fashion Institute of Technology Gallery. Although the 50’s and Norman Norell were not my favorites in fashion I gained an appreciation of his aesthetic with the show.

Curated by Jeffrey Banks and Patricia Mears. “Born in 1900 Norman Norell had an extraordinary career that spanned six decades. Working in the theater, film, and fashion industries, he incorporated the highest quality couture construction techniques and workmanship in all of his designs. Norell won numerous industry awards and was the first American to launch his own perfume. Not only did he spearhead the concept of luxe ready-to-wear decades before his European contemporaries, but many of his classic works are still wearable today. Decade after his death, Norell’s legacy lives on.”

Here are some of my favorites, especially the sequined gowns.


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