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.
She wore a Mainbocher
wedding dress for the low-key ceremony, which was attended by fewer than 20 guests.
But with the help of a designer named Mainbocher
, he turned plain-Jane Mary into a glamorous legend.
: THE FIRST AMERICAN COUTURIER" ATTHE CHICAGO HISTORY
Wallis wore a 'Wallis blue' Mainbocher
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.
, 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.