TRIGERE TALKS TAILORING AT WALK OF FAME EVENT
Byline: Leonard McCants
NEW YORK — So far, all designers inducted into the Fashion Walk of Fame have provided a sketch to go along with their signature and commentary on their significance to American Fashion.
Pauline Trigere took a different approach.
Known for her master tailoring and draping techniques, the 92-year-old, French-born designer often cut garments directly on the models and, therefore, opted to show a pair of scissors on her white bronze plaque.
“I made baby sketches for my tailor,” she said Wednesday at the unveiling of the plaques for the second class of inductees at the Bryant Park hotel. “But not for [the public]. I cut and draped the fabric.”
Trigere, along with three other living designers — Oscar de la Renta, James Galanos and Donna Karan — and four deceased designers — Bonnie Cashin, Giorgio di Sant’Angelo, Charles James and Anne Klein — will have their plaques set into the sidewalk on Seventh Avenue between 36th and 38th Streets in Manhattan.
Inductees in the Walk of Fame, patterned after the Hollywood Walk of Fame, were chosen by a selection committee that included Valerie Steele, curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Phyllis Magidson of the Museum of the City of New York, and Patricia Mears of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, as well as select editors and retailers.
The unveiling ceremony also fell on what would have been James’s 96th birthday. His plaque states that he produced “garments that came as close to works of art as anything ever made in the realm of fashion.”
“And to be remembered and honored 23 years after his death is really remarkable,” said his daughter Louise James, who lives in Los Angeles.