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Both looks by Pauline Trigere, top image from fall 2009, bottom spring 1950

She (un)famously dressed Holly Golightly’s cougar nemesis in the film adaptation of Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and despite being overshadowed by Parisian hype, Pauline Trigere remains to be one of the most ingenious and dramatic of all American designers. Truly American in her cut, she understood like no other what a simple graphic contrast and sublime expanse of fabric could do for a  garment — appeasing both the wearer and viewer’s interest.

You can view some fine examples of her work at the current FIT exhibit American Beauty.


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