By MA Fashion Curation Alumni Susanna Shubin.
The Norman Norell exhibition at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology is a long overdue tribute to the great designer, known as the first American couturier. Sadly, Norell suffered a stroke the night before the Met was to open a one day retrospective in his honor in 1972. He died 10 days later. Fast forward almost fifty years and you have what is possibly a more extensive, comprehensive representation of his work, thanks due largely to the collection of collector and fashion designer Kenneth Pool.
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Central Stage. Assorted wool and sequin evening ensembles and sequined “Mermaid” gowns ‐ 1965‐1972. Norell Dean of American Fashion. FIT NYC, March 2018
Off‐white evening gown with red bolero jacket and peacock blue sash. 1968. Norell Dean of American Fashion. FIT NYC, March 2018
Heather oatmeal shirtwaist dress with white scarf and belt, 1971, Wool. Norell Dean of American Fashion. FIT NYC, March 2018
Central Stage. Norell: Dean of American Fashion. FIT, NYC, March 2018.
Black and brown evening dress circa 1961. Lace and ostrich feathers. FIT Norell Dean of American Fashion. FIT NYC March 2018.