Ah, Memory Lane. . . let’s take a quick walk or a [square] dance down it, shall we?
I was looking through some of my files the other day trying to find a particular furniture image I had in mind for a client and I came upon these photographs from my former career on Seventh Avenue when I designed and produced my own line of eveningwear for such retailers as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Barneys, Neiman Marcus, etc.
The top image, shot by Stephen Anderson, is a beautiful one-shouldered evening gown with a black silk velvet bodice, silk satin belt with a round diamante buckle and very, very full black silk chiffon skirt. The skirt had 40 yards of 60-inch-wide fabric!! It was perfect for dancing, square or otherwise. Even though I designed the gown, I have always thought it was Stephen who turned it into magic.
I was thrilled when Pamela Fiori, the legendary editor of Town & Country, also chose to put it on the cover of one of her issues. It was probably the high point in my former career – that, and when I got those first collection orders from Bergdorf’s and Saks.
The little black Empire-waisted “Jackie” cocktail dress above was made for Bergdorf’s and they ran it in a holiday catalog. Sold a ton of these cuties. The sketch was a first-pass inspiration for the black silk velvet one-shouldered dress shown at the bottom, which I did for Neiman Marcus. Although it’s not shown in the photo, it was available lined in black or an ethereal pale pink silk charmeuse.
I love how Neiman’s photographed the gown against the rustic chic industrial rooftop. And I’ll never forget seeing the tall and willowy TV star, Deborah Norville, taking a turn in it. She brought it to life beautifully. Thanks, Deborah!!
Memory Lane can be a very good place to visit every once in a while, although it’s not always a good idea to live there (unless, of course, you’re living a life of rustic chic). But I do dream to one day have a dressed-up dance in the barn with everyone in their billowing gowns and handsome tuxes so I can ask all the gals, “Can I have this [square] dance?”