A young woman struts down the Champs Elysee's in a gray wool suit tightly fitted to her slim body. The suit is decorated with large white butterflies that seem to flutter around her, giving her a special air of artistic sophistication. On her head another butterfly alights in the form of a small, ext
Josephine Baker adored him. Cher would have loved him. Liberace would have hired him. He was George Barbier, the creator of flamboyant, glittering, over-the-top costumes for flamboyant, glittering, over-the-top people. Barbier's designs were visual glories, often adorned with paste jewelry, flowing t
Alexander McQueen tells stories with clothes. Though his sometimes outlandish designs have earned him a bad boy reputation, he isn't interested in spectacle for spectacle's sake. His work is magical, sinister, decadent and historically influenced. McQueen always tells a story with clothes, his creati
"Milliner" is too staid a term for Philip Treacy, contemporary sculptor of wacky headgear. The Irish, London-based artist dwells in an artistic field almost exclusively his own. He fashions extraordinary, otherworldly hats that threaten to throw the heads they adorn fantastically off-balance.