Bustle Skirts…..or Swelled Heads?

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I was tickled by this Sunday’s article in the ‘Style’ section of The New York Times, “Today’s Cinderella’s Face an Old Question: How to Dress for the Ball”, by Ruth La Ferla. In it, she discussed the trials and tribulations of getting oneself dressed to the nines for the ‘big event’ (of course, I’m referring to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume benefit gala) whose attending theme is “Dangerous Liasons”.

There were quotes from several of the city’s most serious fashion players (with attending images), who admitted this has been a daunting “conundrum” and a stressful one at that. After all, what one decides to wear to a high profile party such as this, can make or break them (well, in fashion jargon anyway), and can make the difference between being ignored (heaven forbid!) by the paparazzi OR ‘scoring’ and turning up on the coveted party pages of the New York Times, WWD, as well as fashion websites such as Style.com in the days following.

Of course, it’s rather sobering and highly amusing to note that while much of the city’s population is struggling to simply make ends meet, pay the bills, pay the rent, etc., a small and fortunate few, are seemingly plagued by their biggest worries and stresses: their immediate wardrobe dilemmas.

The article also spoke about the potential problem that will present itself to those opting for voluminous gowns: how to get out of a car door OR into the door of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Quite frankly, knowing the egomaniacal, egotistic, narcissistic group that will be out in force on Monday night (oh well, you know fashion folk) including some of the biggest names in the business, it seems more likely that swelled heads may pose a bigger problem than bustle skirts.

Posted by Marilyn Kirschner

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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