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May 31, 2011

Arnold Scaasi Exhibit at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts

The Valentino retrospective on tour. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Met. Balenciaga at San Francisco's de Young Museum.

Fashion exhibitions at museums have become de rigueur of late, and we couldn't be happier. The most recent object of our affection? Scaasi: American Couturier at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Scaasi's name may not be as familiar as Valentino's or McQueen's, but the legendary fashion designer's artistry and accomplishments are just as important.

Born Arnold Isaacs, the Canadian fashion designer started his fashion career in the mid-1950’s and was one of the few designers in the U.S. to focus solely on couture during a time when it was suffering, especially in Paris. After proving his credibility and skillfulness, Scaasi debuted his ready-to-wear line in 1956 to much critical acclaim and success.

Scaasi's couture designs were known for their brilliant execution, luxurious fabrics, and punchy colors, which reflected a sense of sophisticated glamour. He's won the Coty American Fashion Critics Award, and his pieces have graced has countless covers of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. The Boston exhibition will feature more than 100 Scaasi originals, and is open through June 19, 2011.

We can't to see what the museum/fashion trend turns up next.


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