Charles James: Beyond Fashion

Fashion designer Charles James occupies a unique place in fashion history. A bad boy with an eye for fashion, he was expelled from school as a teen and lost his atelier to creditors at the height of his career. While heiresses and movie stars once waited patiently for his one-of-a-kind ballgowns – and Dior and…

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Easter Hat Etiquette

Easter hats were once a rite of spring to Christians throughout the land. When I was a child, much time and energy was spent on finding just “the right” Easter dress and bonnet, and it was nearly as exciting to go shopping for these treasurers as it was looking for our baskets on Easter morning.…

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How Ebenezer Butterick Changed the Face of Fashion

Every now and again an invention comes along that is so brilliant, it literally changes the way things are done. The cotton gin. The Jacquard loom. The sewing machine. Live mannequins. It’s done one way until the innovation, then it’s rarely done that way again. Such was the case with Ebenezer Butterick and his graded…

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The Insecurity Ripple

“I don’t care what others think,” people often tell me. “It’s what I think that matters.” That’s true. But what if what you think is tainted? What if it’s misguided? What if, based on a falsehood, you broadcast your insecurity to the world? What kind of ripple effect would that have? For one woman, it…

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Ryan Seacrest: Then and Now

How to Hide in Plain Sight

In Hollywood movies, people who go into hiding change their name and appearance to avoid detection. They wear sunglasses. They ditch their cars. They do everything they can to look completely different. In reality, if you want to hide, all you have to do is get sloppy. Let yourself go. Look like a rumpled bed.…

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