Few words are as synonymous with luxury as Gucci. We see the gilded "G" and we know, instantly, that its wearer is in the 40-percent tax bracket. However, Gucci's beginnings were a bit more humble. Guccio Gucci, a former maitre d'hotel, started the company in early-1920s Florence as a purveyor of lea
Betsey Johnson was always cool. All the It-girls of the mid-1960s sported her clothes: Twiggy draped them across her bony shoulders, while Julie Christie, Brigitte Bardot, and Raquel Welch filled the flashy duds out. Johnson designed for the definitive '60s boutique Paraphernalia, recruiting as her m
If the fashion world didn't have a Tom Ford, it would have to invent one. Smart, good looking, and charming, with unerring taste, he seems genetically engineered to rule the design universe. The man Rita Wilson calls "the sexiest gay man alive" has never known an awkward phase. Even in high school, w
When fashion emperor Christian Dior died unexpectedly in 1957, the fashion world ground to a halt. Many wondered what would become of the legendary Dior label. Who could fill such immense shoes?
Unbeknownst to many, Dior had already picked his successor: a boy-wonder named Yves Saint Laurent. Saint