Mainbocher


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Mainbocher

(mĕn'bōshā`) (Main Rousseau Bocher), 1891–1976, American fashion designer, b. Chicago. He was known for his expensive, elegant evening clothes; cardigan sweaters with jeweled buttons; and high-waisted, long, and lacy or transparent ball gowns. He opened his Paris house of couture in 1929 and his New York house in 1939. He designed war uniforms for the WAVES and SPARS and made costume designs for stage productions. He introduced the strapless evening gown, and made the wedding dress for the Duchess of Windsor. His signature fashion designs included pearl chokers and short, white gloves.
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She wore a Mainbocher wedding dress for the low-key ceremony, which was attended by fewer than 20 guests.
With royalty of all kinds--social, Hollywood, and actual--as his patrons, Chicago native Main Rousseau Bocher, known as Mainbocher, the name of the label thathefounded in 1929, is considered thefirst American couturier.
Wallis wore a 'Wallis blue' Mainbocher wedding dress.
The exhibition will showcase decorative objects and clothes from three centuries of Chinese history, as well as fashions by Western designers inspired by Chinese design and imagery--from Paul Poiret and Mainbocher to Chanel and Charles James, from Saint Laurent and Balenciaga to Dries Van Noten and Paul Smith--more than forty in all.
Dick [Rodgers] and Oscar [Hammerstein] hated Mainbocher designs so much .
Mainbocher, the Parisian couturier who dressed Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, Rosalind Russell and Mary Martin, also lived there, and guests included John V.
Blass was the American couturier who provided for his clients the same austere fashion elegance once created for the monied classes by Balenciaga and Mainbocher, whose influence he always acknowledged.
She tells how the painfully shy Mainbocher, despite many invitations, refused to design for the theater until 1943, when he attended a backer's audition for One Touch of Venus and saw Mary Martin rehearsing: "Instantly he changed his mind and designed some superb Grecian-style costumes for the show.
Donehue; musical staging, Joe Layton; scenery, Oliver Smith; costumes, Lucinda Ballard; Mary Martin's clothes, Mainbocher.
Most recently, his photos served as inspiration for Madonna's "Vogue" video, which mimicked the images Horst had created decades earlier, most prominently the Mainbocher corset shot, the last photo he made in Paris in 1939.
Despite his work with designers such as Mainbocher, Chanel, and Vionnet for Vogue editions of the U.