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‘Twas one hell of a year for fashion, 2011. Alexander McQueen triumphed this year thanks to a pair of well-documented dresses and a bona fide cultural phenomenon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Christian Dior tried to rebound from a potential PR nightmare, to varying degrees of success. Diffusion lines easily out-shined their designer homes. An editrix reinvented herself amidst a sea of rumors without losing a beat. And underaged fashionistas grew up in front of our very eyes. Here are our picks for the 25 most memorable and stylish moments of 2011.
Valentino Garavani, his longtime partner Giancarlo Giammetti, and big-time Hollywood actresses Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman were on hand in New York at the Museum of Modern Art this morning to announce the official opening of another, less traditional museum: the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum, a free downloadable desktop app documenting 300 of the designer’s most iconic creations, as well as the stories and the people behind them.
The drama of the business, the transcendent beauty of the clothes, and the backstabbing bitchery of the fashion world have always been popular subjects in film. Whether it’s a satanic editor with a taste for Italian couture, a young fashionista dining with diamonds, or a group of disenfranchised queens hoping to set the City of Lights ablaze, these 10 movies are the greatest odes to fashion.
Fashion is as famous for its outsized personalities as its outsized skirts. The drama of a neckline is birthed — loudly, and often involving an unceremonious firing — by a complicated genius no one could hope to understand…let alone care to try to understand. Below are five profiles in the kind of batshit crazy you just can’t teach. This elegance is learned, kids.
Valentino Garavani might be retired and just shy of 1,000 years old, but he and longtime partner Giancarlo Giammetti are still very much with the times. To wit, the duo has conceived the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum, a downloadable desktop application that archives 50 years of the designer’s work — officially launching December 5.