Norman Norell

If I were a slave to fashion, I might be wearing items from designer Walter Van Beirendonck’s Summer 2006 collection (pictured): a raffia coat, white organdy shirt and fitted orange cotton trousers. But it’s July 16, 2013, and I’m not a slave to fashion, much less a fashionista. The temperature is above 90 degrees, and I’m in a striped button-down and nondescript khaki shorts. Blah as my outfit is, if I were in Van Beirendonck’s threads, I would be shvitzing. Instead, I’ve just spent some time in the air-conditioned comfort of The Museum at FIT, looking at Van Beirondonck’s clothes and scores of other garments and accessories made by the world’s top couturiers, then and now.

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