Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dress of the Day - August 1, 2011

Dress of the Day: Arnold Scaasi, Evening ensemble (1981). This fur and silk evening look is comprised of black jacket, horizontally banded black skirt, and an ivory blouse with leaves embroidered in pearls and beads. Padded shoulders are typical of the 1980s but these are not bulky, reminding me more of the 1940s.  Together with the long, slim skirt, I think the ancestors of this look are 1940s dinner suits by designers such as Adrian and Schiaparelli.
Scaasi is famous for dressing First Ladies such as Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, Barbara Bush, and Hillary Clinton. I've been planning to feature him and am doing so now because I just saw his wedding was covered in the NY Times yesterday.

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