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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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In biographies, everything is worth telling, whether it is Edgar Allan Poe dying in the gutter next to an Irish pub in Baltimore, alone and penniless, or it is Baltimore-born Wallis Simpson, in a Mainbocher silk crepe grown, exchanging vows at last with Prince Edward at Chateau de Cande in Monts, France.
Ocampo observa el racionamiento de taxis; es interrogada y reprendida en una exposicion de armamentos de guerra por tomar notas: visita el centro naval de entrenamiento de la WAVES en el Bronx, aprovecha para declarar su feminismo, y se entusiasma con los uniformes disenados por Mainbocher; se queja de los chicles que ensucian las aceras de la ciudad; regresa a Harlem, donde, despues de un servicio, la presentan al predicador Father Divine, no por su nombre sino como "South America"; descubre doughnuts, las hamburguesas, las griddle cakes, "cuyo sabor ...
She wore a Mainbocher wedding dress for the low-key ceremony, which was attended by fewer than 20 guests.
"MAKING MAINBOCHER: THE FIRST AMERICAN COUTURIER" ATTHE CHICAGO HISTORY
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.
Mary [Martin] had fallen prey to [fashion designer] Mainbocher, and he was really a terrible designer for the stage.
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.
"Things changed after the fifties because, for the most part, the drawing-room comedy had had its day." 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. Opened Nov.