DINNER AT EIGHT

We wondered what a dream dinner party full of fashion folklore might look like. Here, join vintage fashion follower Lance Avery Morgan as he shares that vision….

Oleg Cassini: He dressed Jackie O during her White House years, married movie stars and set the pace for style that placed America on the international fashion map in the 1950s and 1960s

Cristóbal Balenciaga: His Sack Dress and avant-garde constructed designs freed women from conventionality in the 1950’s and remains fresh today

Christian Dior: His 1947 New Look high glamour gave women back their femininity from a world war and into the Cold War and resuscitated the fashion business back to life

Elsa Schiaparelli: Her art-as-canvas proved that fashion should be whimsical all the time. Her evening gowns were sculptured folly and were worn by free spirits across the globe in the 1930s and beyond

Lilly Daché: With chapeaus that launched a thousand ships, she designed for a generation in the 1940s and 1950s where a hatless head was an unfashionable one and brought real creativity to the headdress

Estée Lauder: Her cosmetic prowess showed women that if they tried harder to look and be more appealing, that they could land anything they wanted, and then some. From the 1940s until way beyond the the Women’s Movement in the 1970s, to now, feeling beautiful always triumphs

Mary Quant: The mini-skirt revolution was started by this one woman and as hemlines went high to higher, from 0-to-60 MPH, in the mid-1960s, her designs dared to show more leg when the protest-torn planet needed a boost

Halston: With Ultrasuede for work and halter dresses for night, a woman could easily go from day to evening feeling sleek and sexy in the feminist 70s while they were bringing home the bacon, as well as frying it up in the pan

Ralph Lauren: His strictly American glam ushered the world back from the Hippy Dippy 1960s into a chicer last quarter century-plus and he still sets the upper crust tone for better dressing

Oscar de la Renta: Swathed in yards of fabric, both a deb and her mother felt right at home his Big Dress of the 1980s that he took from runway to red carpets across the country while his clothes are still revered

Hubert de Givenchy: With Audrey Hepburn as a muse, need we say more about his pure genius perfection from the 1950s well into the 1990s?

Valentino: Red, red, red is his signature color of soignée. This Italian dynamo who took lace to another level beyond imagination and loved the female form brought back a true elegance in the 70s

Gianni Versace: Known for dressing mistresses first and movie stars later, he created the flash for those with cash. His bright colors showed the Go-Go 80’s how to turn up the volume

Pauline Trigère: Now often forgotten, her suits and impeccably cut coats with a matching lining still inspire today. She designed for Babe Paley, Gloria Guiness and the rest of her era’s 1950s Jet-Set

Coco Chanel: Her bouclé tweed suit has lasted from the 1920s to this very moment. Her masterful approached paved the way for comfortable clothing that defied post WWI convention, along with making costume jewelry oh, so fashionable

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