COLLECTING
Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
Norma Kamali dress. Courtesy of CFDA.

For collectors of haute couture the current exhibit at the Museum at FIT, “IMPACT: 50 Years of the Council of Fashion Designers of America,” is reassuring. This is because the pieces on display seem to have had a twofold impact on American culture: as items of popular fashion/culture, namely trends that inundated the market at […]

Armani dress clad in Swarovski crystals, Courtesy of Swarovski

The latest exhibit, Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of the Museum at FIT, Part One (Fashion & Textile History Gallery, November 29, 2011 through May 8, 2012; http://fitnyc.edu/11600.asp) is in itself a contradiction. The show offers a stunning sequence of the most prominent names in 20th and 21st century fashion and their timeless creations.  […]

Cardin

According to the Italian-born, French fashion designer Pierre Cardin, “fashion changes too fast to sustain quality couture.”  We recognize this statement’s truth and its irony since it was uttered by the most iconic designer of the 20thcentury. Cardin’s designs from the 1960s may easily pass for contemporary today. This is because the French designer has […]

Ferragamo

  In the world of luxury, the qualities that define talented craftsmen are the ones that allow a founder’s vision evolve to an internationally renowned company. Tenacity, imagination, creativity are all traits that helped Salvatore Ferragamo in his multiple adventures from Naples, Italy to New York to Los Angeles and back to New York and […]