NEW YORK — The Charles Nolan Reading Room was unveiled Thursday night at the High School of Fashion Industries, nearly two years after the designer’s death.
A voracious reader throughout his 53-year life, Nolan counted on his longtime partner Andrew Tobias to read aloud books by Mark Twain, Alan Bennett and Steve Martin when his health diminished. Dedicating the room, Tobias said, “Charles read five times as fast as I did. In the last days of his life, I would read aloud to him and I like to think I developed some acting skills in that time. Charles would be lying there with his eyes closed under an unbelievable amount of medication and he would say, ‘We already read that.’ I would look for the right part and he would say, ‘Oh for God’s sake — it’s the milliner in chapter three.’”
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"