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
The preeminent item found in any modern woman's closet was placed there by Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel. This French designer, creator of the little black dress, can also take the credit for popularizing menswear inspired ensembles such as tailored suits, and sportswear. Costume jewelry, pearls, and the c
Master of the macabre, avatar of evil, intensifier of suspense, Hitchcock is the acknowledged king of the thriller genre he virtually invented. Hitchcock cheerfully poked ironic fun at the evil nesting inside the nicest of people. At the height of his career in 1950s Hollywood, his sophisticated blen
"The evolution of culture marches with the elimination of ornament from useful objects." Adolf Loos was deeply concerned about the state of architecture in turn-of-the-century Austria. Loos objected to the Art Nouveau movement -- with its stress on the personal and the decorative, and its rejection o