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Curator Pick of the Month

  • 2018

    • Galanos

      Evening Dress by James Galanos

      February 01, 2018

      Galanos was known for his deft use of chiffon and other soft gossamer fabrics for garments utilizing pleating, fluting, tucking, and gathers.

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    • Hat

      Hat by Eugenia Kim

      January 01, 2018

      In 1998, after a bad haircut resulted in a shaved head, designer Eugenia Kim began making hats for herself that resembled hair.

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  • 2017

    • Hattie Carnegie

      Evening Gown by Hattie Carnegie

      December 01, 2017

      Williamina Meyer de Schauensee, wife of the well-known Philadelphia ornithologist Rodolphe Meyer de Schauensee, was known for her model figure and couture wardrobe by designers such as Jeanne Lanvin and Elsa Schiaparelli.

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    • Hanae Mori

      Evening Dress by Hanae Mori

      November 01, 2017

      This gown, purchased at Nan Duskin during the mid-1970's, reflects the growing international face of fashion.

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    • Press Photo

      Galanos Press Photo

      October 01, 2017

      The Spring/Summer collection of 1955 from James Galanos featured several black dresses with sheer panels that were exceptionally provocative for the time.

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    • Mainbocher

      Cocktail Ensemble by Mainbocher

      September 01, 2017

      Mrs. T. Charleton Henry was a staple of the best dressed lists for decades.

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    • Shirtdress

      Shirtdress by Halston

      August 01, 2017

      By the 1970's, many of the older family-owned stores had been bought by larger retail conglomerates. Central buying ensured stores across the country carried similar, if not the same, merchandise. This Halston dress, purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue, is identical to others available in stores throughout the country.

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    • Hat

      Hat by Olivia Turner

      July 01, 2017

      Olivia Turner, a founding member of the National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designers, made and sold hats out of her West Philadelphia shop. 

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    • Shoe

      Shoe by Hook, Knowles & Co.

      June 01, 2017

      These shoes, purchased by Philadelphia resident Mrs. Upton S. Sullivan, were made by London shoe and boot manufacturer Hook, Knowles & Co.

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    • Evening Dress

      Evening Dress by Oscar de la Renta

      May 01, 2017

      In 1924, John Wanamaker purchased The Tribout Shop, a genuine Parisian store, and imported it in its entirety.

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    • Balmain Gown

      Evening Gown

      April 01, 2017

      This couture gown by Pierre Balmain, with its tiny waist and full skirt, is a typical example of the evening fashions of the 1950's.

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    • Fashion Plate

      Fashion Plate from Les Modes Parisiennes

      March 01, 2017

      This plate comes from the journal Les Modes Parisiennes, which was published in Paris from 1843 – 1875.

      This plate comes from the journal Les Modes Parisiennes, which was published in Paris from 1843 – 1875.

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  • 2016

    • Wedding Gown

      Wedding Gown by Mrs. G. W. Wright

      December 01, 2016

      Miss Adelia Lawrence Croft wore this gown to what the The Times described as "a very pink and pretty wedding."

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    • Galanos Evening Dress

      Evening Dress by James Galanos

      November 01, 2016

      Philadelphia-born designer James Galanos is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost couturiers of the twentieth century.

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    • Armani Day Suit

      Day Suit by Giorgio Armani

      August 01, 2016

      With Many women entering the workforce in the 1970's, fashion turned towards a more practical style for daywear.

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    • Nipon Day Dress

      Day Dress by Albert Nipon

      July 01, 2016

      Albert Nipon was a Philadelphia-based manufacturer who dominated the dress market during the early 1980's. 

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    • Ralph Rucci

      Ball Gown by Ralph Rucci

      June 01, 2016

      This gown by Philadelphia-born designer Ralph Rucci is the penultimate expression of the art of fashion design.

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    • Martin Day Dress

      Day Dress by Augustine Martin

      May 01, 2016

      This dress bears the label of Augustine Martin and was purchased at the Philadelphia dry good emporium Darlington, Runk & Co. in 1880.

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    • Beer Afternoon Dress

      Afternoon Dress By Gustave Beer

      April 01, 2016

      The House of Beer is one of the many French couture houses largely forgotten by history.

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    • Worth Mantle

      Mantle by Charles Frederick Worth

      March 01, 2016

      This mantle was created during the third bustle-period, when the fashionable silhouette centered on a dramatically draped and accentuated posterior.

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    • Morris

      Textile by Morris & Co.

      February 01, 2016

      William Morris is best known today for his prolific and unforgettable textile designs and his revolutionary decorate arts business.  

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    • MaryQuant

      Two Piece Dress by Mary Quant

      January 01, 2016

      A key figure in the 1950's and 1960's youth revolution of England, Mary Quant was an all-star of British design and played an important role in putting London on the fashion map.  Her unconventional and energetic designs were a hit with a young audience.  She is credited with establishing the Mod Look of the mid-1950's. as well as being the originator of the mini skirt.

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  • 2015

    • Evening Dress by Callot Soeurs

      December 01, 2015

      For December, the Fox Collection has chosen this beaded evening dress.  M. d. C. Crawford, editor of Women's Wear Daily, recalled "the leader of the world of fashion from around 1900 until after World War I was the Maison Callot."

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