From My Closet - The Better Dresses Vintage Blog

At SCADFash for Guo Pei exhibit.

Exhibit Visit - "Guo Pei: Couture Beyond" at SCADFash

... The short story is that I've never seen more exquisite garments, more beautifully made. That's saying something ...
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The No. 1 Ladies' Costume Designer - BDV Interviews Jo Katsaras

The No. 1 Ladies' Costume Designer - BDV Interviews Jo Katsaras

... JK: I think clothing is your first aura, it's what the world sees of your personality. My characters in the show all reflect that. The cheating husband costume on the character that David Oyelowa plays, for example. His costume just spelt man-on-the-prowl ...
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These are a size 2?!

Vanity Unfair -- What's Up With Modern Sizing?

... But back to the present. First, I'd like to know why a size 00 exists. What kind of cockamamie designation is "00?" And if that 00 (or you could call it xxxs) has a 30" waist, then what size do you wear if your waist is 27" or 25" or a truly extra-small 23"? Size "fetus?" Size "nano?" Do we move into negative numbers? Or just go to Baby Gap? ...
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I Can't Find a Thing That Ain't Got That Bling

I Can't Find a Thing That Ain't Got That Bling

... As usual, what I wanted and what everyone else wanted were worlds apart. When it comes to wallets, what people want, apparently, is big, covered in logos or initials or both, and dripping with metallic doo-dads ...
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CHARLES J. TIPTON COLLECTION photo

Over the Edge

... Apparently, pretty on its own is acceptable up to a point, beyond which it becomes unseemly, even embarrassing, and must be tempered with a shot of that particular brand of cool known as edge ...
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Not-So-Happy Hour: My Quest for a Cocktail Dress

Not-So-Happy Hour: My Quest for a Cocktail Dress

... This one was pretty, but too sweet for the occasion. With a $1,600 price tag and a waist in need of nipping, it didn't make the cut. And really, if I wanted a late 50s/early 60s Mad Men silhouette, I certainly know where to find one ...
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Skirting the Issue

Skirting the Issue

... Being "on trend" today means wearing your skirt 5 inches above your knee, a la "The Real Housewives." But should you? Shapely legs and dress codes aside, will that short skirt actually create a flattering -- both becoming and appropriate -- overall look? ...
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Bollywood Wannabe, That's Me

Bollywood Wannabe, That's Me

... I, of course, gravitated toward the displays of beautiful ethnic clothing. At the same booth where my daughters had their hands decorated with henna, the jovial Roger Singh of IndoWesternBazaar displayed his fabulous Indian outfits ...
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One of My Favorite Places

One of My Favorite Places

... It's been a long love affair, mostly unrequited. One evening when I was about 10 years old, my father came home from work and handed me a 5-inch-square silver box with Bergdorf-Goodman on the lid. I don't remember the occasion, if there even was one, and I couldn't imagine what he might have bought me there ...
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