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Edited by Lester Brathwaite on July 17 2012 at 1:10 PM

Here’s to the Ladies Who Dress

Another of her schemes for the Dress Institute was the International Best-Dressed poll that had come out of Paris every year between 1925 and 1939. In 1967, the couturier Mainbocher revealed that the list was in actuality a publicity stunt engineered “by the directrice of my salon with the aid of a helpful journalist. Naturally, the top awards went to my own clients with a few others sprinkled in for verisimilitude.” With the war inevitably interfering with the annual poll, Lambert commandeered it and in its first year of publication under her watchful gaze, December 27, 1941 American socialites Mona Bismarck and Millicent Rogers topped the list. This month, Harper’s Bazaar ran a profile of the two icons with an editorial sh0t by none other than Karl Lagerfeld and featuring Anja Rubik as Mona and Melissa Tammerjin as Millicent.

Story by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail