I have always been a fan of James Galanos, one of the few designers who, in the 1950s, began designing and producing couture-quality gowns for his American clientele at a time when such clothes were available only from Paris. Based in Southern California, Galanos began his career designing costumes for film but made a successful segue into his own firm when actress Rosalind Russell became a fan of his private collections.
So what’s rustic about Mr. G? Obviously the chic could take care of itself. But when I saw this photo of Galanos snapped in 1960 by Slim Aarons and which appears in the September issue of California Style magazine, I had my answer. Shown here with the famous model/muse Dovima, Galanos sat for this shot in his Hollywood workshop. His studio looks very much like a barn to me, no?
Photo by Slim Aarons