Costume Institute’s Fall Exhibition to Focus on Fashion Icon Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style

The Costume Institute’s Fall 2015 exhibition, Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style, will focus on the internationally renowned style icon Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, whose originality and elegance established her as one of the most celebrated fashion personas of the 20th century. The exhibition will be on view in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center from November 19, 2015 through February 21, 2016.  

A close study of de Ribes’s life of creative expression yields illuminating insights into her strategies of style,” said Harold Koda, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, who is organizing the exhibition. “Her approach to dress as a statement of individuality can be seen as a kind of performance art. When she established her own fashion house, her friend Yves Saint Laurent gave his blessing to the venture as a welcome projection of her elegance.”

Countess Jacqueline de Ribes (born 1929 in Paris to aristocratic parents) is seen by many as the ultimate personification of Parisian elegance. She was, with the American and Italian beauties Gloria Vanderbilt and Marella Agnelli, among the small flock of “Swans” photographed by Richard Avedon and written about by Truman Capote in 1959. 

Married at age 19 to Édouard, Vicomte de Ribes (he became the Count de Ribes upon the death of his father in 1981), the traditions of her in-laws precluded her from becoming a career woman. An independent spirit, she channeled her creativity into a series of ventures linked by fashion, theater, and style. In 1956, de Ribes was nominated for Eleanor Lambert’s Best-Dressed List. At the time, she had only a handful of couture dresses, as most of her wardrobe was comprised of her own designs, which she made herself or with a dressmaker.  Four more nominations followed, and resulted in her induction into the International Best-Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1962.  

Photographed by the world’s leading talents including Slim Aarons, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Cecil Beaton, Robert Doisneau, Horst, Jean Baptiste Mondino, Irving Penn, Francesco Scavullo, Victor Skrebneski, and Juergen Teller, her image came to define an effortless elegance and a sophisticated glamour.

In 1999, Jean Paul Gaultier dedicated his haute couture collection to her with the title “Divine Jacqueline,” and in 2010, she received the Légion d’Honneur from then French President Nicolas Sarkozy for her philanthropic and cultural contributions to France.

The thematic exhibition will feature approximately 60 ensembles of haute couture and ready-to-wear primarily from de Ribes’s personal archive, dating from 1959 to the present. Also included will be her creations for fancy dress balls, which she often made by cutting up and cannibalizing her haute couture gowns to create unexpected, thematic, and conceptually nuanced expressions of her aesthetic. These, along with photographs and ephemera, will tell the story of how her interest in fashion developed over decades, from childhood “dress-up” to the epitome of international style.  

A muse to haute couture designers, they placed at her disposal their drapers, cutters, and fitters in acknowledgment of their esteem for her taste and originality. Ultimately, she used this talent and experience to create her own successful design business, which she directed from 1982 to 1995.  

While the exhibition will focus on her taste and style methodology, extensive documentation from her personal archives will illustrate the range and depth of her professional life, including her roles as theatrical impresario, television producer, interior designer, architect, and director and organizer of international charity events.

Designers in the exhibition will include Giorgio Armani, Pierre Balmain, Bill Blass, Marc Bohan for House of Dior, Roberto Cavalli, Jacqueline de Ribes, John Galliano, Madame Grès (Alix Barton), Valentino Garavani, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Norma Kamali, Guy Laroche, Ralph Lauren, Ralph Rucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Fernando Sanchez for Révillon Frères, and Emanuel Ungaro.

Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style will run November 19, 2015–February 21, 2016 at the Anna Wintour Costume Center at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 


Academy of Arts University Fashion Design and Textile Design Students Shine at Fall/Winter 2014 New Fashion Week

Designer Profile and Inspiration Images by David Dooley/Runway Images by Randy Brooke/WireImage 

Every designer dreams of showing their collection at Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week, and on Friday, February 7th that dream came true for 13 designers from the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University. “Since 2005, the School of Fashion has premiered the collections of students and recent graduates during New York Fashion Week. Part of our commitment to our students is to help launch their careers and have their work seen by industry professionals,” said Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University. “Debuting these designers’ collections during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is an incredible opportunity for each of them.”

With more than 18,000 students, Academy of Art University is the nation’s largest accredited private art and design university. Established in 1929, the school offers accredited A.A., B.A., B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A., and M.Arch degree programs in Acting, Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Art Education, Art History, Fashion, Fine Art, Game Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Jewelry & Metal Arts, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Photography, Visual Development, and Web Design & New Media. Online degrees are offered in most areas. Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design), NAAB (Master of Architecture), and CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation offered for BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD).

For the Fall 2014 season, 13 designers presented eight collections, four of which were collaborations between Fashion Design and Textile Design students. In total, six womenswear and two menswear collections were presented at the Academy of Art University Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show.


Jaci Hodges, M.F.A. Fashion Design, collaborated with Nisha Hanna Btesh, B.F.A. Textile Design, on a 1960s-inspired womenswear collection that was created with the use of Shibori, the Japanese technique of resistance felting. Originally from Austin, TX, Jaci holds a B.B.A. in Marketing with a minor in Philosophy. Additionally, she recently completed a design internship with gr.dano, a Bay Area ready-to-wear company co-founded by fellow alumna Jill Giordano. Nisha is a California native, born and raised in San Diego. Jaci and Nisha were inspired by the excess of prints worn during the late 1960s, in particular to those seen on the Brady Bunch, and the costumes worn by Mia Farrow in the film Dandy in Aspic.


Frank Tsai, M.F.A. Fashion Design, collaborated with Andrea Nieto, B.F.A. Textile Design, on a menswear collection inspired by the mood and emotion of an international photography collection, “Beauty in Decay,” personal struggle, raw emotion, and the different stages of the healing process. Frank was born and raised in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, earned a B.S. Degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising, was awarded high honors for his undergraduate fashion show, and worked as the Marketing Manager for FU YU Clothing Company. Andrea grew up in Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia, is on the Academy of Art University President’s Honor List, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship through the YMA Scholarship Fund as a Geoffrey Beene National Scholar, and recently finished a design internship at BCBGMAXAZRIA. Continue reading

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Announces Preliminary Schedule for the new York Spring/Summer 2014 Collections

Summer may be almost over, but the fashion industry is kicking into high gear as the 2014 Spring/Summer New York Fashion Shows are just a few weeks away from their debut. Mercedes-Benz Fashion (New York) Week draws hundreds of thousands of fashion fans to New York City, and today IMG Fashion, owners and producers ofMercedes-Benz-Fashion-Week_06 the Event, announced the preliminary line up of designers who will take center-stage at Lincoln Center, September 5-12, 2013.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week truly embodies the global scale of the fashion industry and highlights the limitless boundaries of design. A leader in the global fashion event circuit; Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York has the highest number of international designers who choose to make this Event the home for their Collection debuts,” says Christina Neault, Executive Producer, IMG Fashion Events and Properties. “As well, with three fashion schools and numerous emerging designers presenting alongside their established colleagues, Lincoln Center is the place to discover the next rising star.”

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York is internationally recognized as the world’s stage to premier the latest744px-mercedes-benz_logo_svg developments in cutting-edge fashion to the global fashion industry,” said Stephanie Zimmer, Manager of Brand Experience Marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA. “The excitement is building in anticipation of what will hit the runways from both the well-known designers and emerging talent showing this season.”

Over 100,000 guests, journalists, buyers and members of the industry make Lincoln Center become the heartbeat of the city for the 8 days of shows and events. Title sponsor Mercedes-Benz is joined by DHL, American Express®, Maybelline New York, TRESemmé, Samsung, Reel Code, Style Network, WGSN, Beck’s Sapphire, The New York Times, as well as Women’s Wear Daily and Getty Images.

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Fall/Winter 2013 New York Fashion Week Review: Ralph Rucci

Written by Phillip D. Johnson

Runway Images provided by Rosina Rucci

Everyone already knows that Ralph Rucci is the king of obsessing over the smallest details within his designs. With each new collection, he strives to be as close to perfection as he can get and he often achieves it. It’s often said that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but –with no offense to Mr. Rucci– he’s an “old dog” that not only demonstrates new tricks each season, he also guides others to new levels of sophistication in their own designs. Truth be told, he’s forgotten (and improved upon) more design tricks than the average New York-based designer even has in his or her arsenal– and he’s only just begun.

Ralph Rucci 2013 Fall-Winter Collection (Provided by Rosina rucci of Ralph Rucci)

Ralph Rucci 2013 Fall-Winter Collection (Provided by Rosina rucci of Ralph Rucci)

(In fact, while it would be foolish to say that he owns the patent on any one design concept,  I found clear examples of the Rucci Style in several other collections at Lincoln Center, where the cut of a jacket or the fit of a pant took my mind right back to the master himself. )

Ralph Rucci 2013 Fall-Winter Collection (Provided by Rosina rucci of Ralph Rucci)

Ralph Rucci 2013 Fall-Winter Collection (Provided by Rosina rucci of Ralph Rucci)

Ralph Rucci 2013 Fall-Winter Collection (Provided by Rosina rucci of Ralph Rucci)

Ralph Rucci 2013 Fall-Winter Collection (Provided by Rosina rucci of Ralph Rucci)

There has been a lot of changes in the Ralph Rucci world recently: The studio/showroom/office moved to a new location, a new CEO came onboard, improved backroom operations, a new furniture collection with Holly Hunt (, new outside investment in the brand and talk of a Ralph Rucci fragrance (about time!). But the surest signs that there’s sustained growth (especially on the design front) is the way in which he has managed to growth as a designer without losing sight of the brand’s DNA or its core customer base). Within the last three years, he has set his sights on attracting a younger client base and his 2013 Fall/Winter collection was where it all came together in its most glorious bloom. Continue reading

Holly Hunt launches Ralph Rucci Collection for HOLLY HUNT

Ralph Rucci for Holly Hunt Collection - Rib Chair

Ralph Rucci for Holly Hunt Collection – Rib Chair

HOLLY HUNT is excited to announce the first installation of the Ralph Rucci furniture collection at the HOLLY HUNT New York Showroom at the A&D Building, 150 E 58th Street, New York. The Ralph Rucci Collection feature luxurious materials –upholstered silk velvet, horsehair, duchesse satin and suede as well as wood, bronze, lacquered surfaces, rock crystal and hammered steel. Rucci’s debut collection, now showcased at the HOLLY HUNT New York Showroom, was unveiled to the public at a launch event hosted in tandem with Margaret Russell, Editor In Chief of Architectural Digest, in early spring.

Ralph Rucci for Holly Hunt Collection Collage 1

The Interior Design industry is moving ever closer to fashion, and there is not another designer with whom I could be more proud to work than Ralph Rucci,” says Holly Hunt

Ralph Rucci for Holly Hunt Collection - Rib Chair

Ralph Rucci for Holly Hunt Collection – Rib Chair

For more than thirty years, Ralph Rucci has been assembling an atelier of uniquely talented, creative individuals who share both his aesthetic and his passion for meticulous workmanship, as well as being credited with raising the standard of the American fashion industry. He brings this artisanal approach to his furniture collection. Since 1981, Rucci’s work continues to evolve through innovative techniques and the use of resplendent fabrics, always with his eye on meticulous detail, which never fails to elicit a deep, emotional response. With unique and luxurious materials and skillfully crafted components, he continues his vision of adding refinement, beauty and tranquility to both the world of fashion, and now, interior design.

Ralph Rucci being interviewed at the launch event hosted in tandem with Margaret Russell, Editor In Chief of Architectural Digest, in early spring. (Credit: Richard Speigel/

Ralph Rucci being interviewed at the launch event hosted in tandem with Margaret Russell, Editor In Chief of Architectural Digest, in early spring. (Credit: Richard Speigel/

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After so many successful seasons at NEW YORK FASHION WEEK, essie, the ultimate color authority and go-to professional nail brand, has earned the distinction of being one of the top backstage nail lines. For the FALL/WINTER 2013 shows, essie partnered with the nail industry’s leading talent to develop trendsetting looks while using the brand’s iconic and extensive color collection.

essie Announces Its Most Colorful Lineup For New York Fashion Week.  (PRNewsFoto/essie)

essie Announces Its Most Colorful Lineup For New York Fashion Week. (PRNewsFoto/essie)

America’s nail salon expert since 1981, essie was founded in New York City by ESSIE WEINGARTEN, the authority on color and is beloved for her visionary approach to nail lacquer featuring catchy, clever names that created a new standard for the category. A leader in luxury, essie is the ultimate, top-of-the-line, go-to nail brand for everyone—beauty professionals, industry insiders, celebrities and women of style—in over 100 countries and is committed to safe standards with an award-winning line of nail care products and more than 900 shades to date.


The carefully crafted team of celebrity and editorial lead manicurists for essie included MICHELLE SAUNDERS, HONEY, GINA EDWARDS, CASEY HERMAN and MICHINA KOIDE.  This strong group of creative leads will be backstage, bringing their unparalleled expertise, unique vision and innovative techniques.

Follow @essie on Twitter for a behind-the-scenes look at New York Fashion Week, and a glimpse into the colorful world of essie.