FASHION WALK OF FAME TO INDUCT SECOND CLASS
Byline: Leonard McCants
NEW YORK — Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan, James Galanos and Pauline Trigere will be the second group of designers to be inducted into the Fashion Walk of Fame.
They will be joined by four deceased designers — Bonnie Cashin, Giorgio di’ Sant Angelo, Charles James and Anne Klein — who will all receive a plaque along Seventh Avenue between 36th and 38th Streets in Manhattan.
The Fashion Center Business Improvement District started the Fashion Walk of Fame as a way to recognize Seventh Avenue’s significant contributions to American fashion and to cement the area as the nation’s fashion capital.
“America has produced a number of really fantastic designers,” said Valerie Steele, chairwoman of the Fashion Walk of Fame selection committee and chief curator and acting director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. “Yet America has been very quiet in recognizing the design talent we have here.”
This year’s selections cut a wide swath across New York’s fashion spectrum.
De la Renta and Karan are the only two designers still creating their own collections. The Dominican-born de la Renta is best known for creating classic ready-to-wear for the society set, while also designing the Pierre Balmain couture line in Paris.
Karan, a former Anne Klein designer, created a signature sportswear collection in the Eighties based on “seven easy pieces,” while creating a spinoff DKNY bridge collection.
Nonagenarian Trigere combined French elegance and American practicality into a business that was especially known for impeccable tailoring of women’s suits and coats. Galanos is considered by many as America’s closest approximation of a couturier retired from fashion and closed his 46-year-old business in 1998.
Cashin, who died early last year, was a pioneer of American sportswear in the Forties and Fifties. James designed “the closest thing to a work of art that was still fashion” from the Thirties through the Fifties, Steele said. He died in the Seventies.
Giorgio di’ Sant Angelo was known for his “quintessential hippie looks” from the late Sixties to early Seventies. Klein was also considered a pioneer career sportswear designer, whose named lives on as a multidivision business owned by Kasper ASL.