Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT, enjoys telling the story of how she persuaded Tim Long, curator of costumes at the Chicago History Museum, to let her borrow some of his more fragile items for "Chic Chicago: Couture Treasures From the Chicago History Museum." "I can't give you that — it has 'bead disease,'" he said of a black Chanel evening dress that was shedding its ornamentation.
"Our conservators will take care of it," she said — and got it. The FIT museum, of course, has two conservators on staff who were able to fix the black beaded number and any other fraying pieces, such as a splendid Worth tea gown, that she wanted.
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)