“Hailed as the “Dean of American Fashion” Norman David Levinson, born in Noblesville, Indiana on April 20, 1900 was the first American fashion designer to have his name on a dress label. He was also the first to produce a successful American fragrance – Norell – with a designer name. His simple, sophisticated, and elegant well-made clothing would last and remain fashionable for many years that would become the hallmark of Norman Norell.”
The Norman Norell Spring 2005 collection was introduced last night at a runway show at Bergdorf Goodman. The short but well-edited collection of 20 looks created by Creative Director Patick Michael Hughes was reviewed by about 200 friends, editors and retailers who had to first endure a 45 minute delay in the start the show.
This is the second season the collection has been previewed. The Fall 2004 collection, though previewed, was never actually produced or sold. This season the collection was larger with a more couture feel to it. The use of lux fabrics combined with simple lines gave a breath of elegance and refinement to the collection while nonethelesss it was still very youthful in spirit.
The Creative Director of Norman Norell New York, Mr. Hughes is a lecturer in costume history in the Department of Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design. He is a graduate of Manhattanville College with a major in the History of Art and Performance. His graduate studies include Architecture at Parsons School of Design and a Masters of Arts in the History of Decorative Arts from the Parsons-Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Together with his graduate study in costume at Musee de la Mode et du Textile in Paris, Mr. Hughes was also the recipient of a post-graduate artist-in-residency at the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas. He has worked on the collections of several different designers presenting in New York and Vienna.
For more information about the Norman Norell collection visit their website at normannorell.com
-posted by Ernest Schmatolla
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