Taste of Fashion Week

February 7th marks the beginning of the chaotic season that is fashion week. The season starts out with New York Fashion Week from February 7th through the 14th, then London from February 15th through the 19th, Milan from February 20th through the 26th, and finally closes out with Paris February 26th through March 6th.

To see designers that are featured in each of these weeks, you don’t have to go far. The Costume and Textiles Collection here at the Valentine houses garments from designers like Carolina Herrera (New York), Missoni (Milan), and Lanvin (Paris). Carolina Herrera is a Venezuelan American designer that is best known for her dresses and designing garments for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis. Missoni started out as a husband-and-wife team entering the market in 1966 with liberating knitwear designs in unmistakable patterns. Jeanne Lanvin became world famous for introducing youthfulness into fashion with feminine and romantic looks that weren’t too sexy, the now famous Lanvin blue, and her robes de style loosely cut dresses with a low waistline.

Above: Carolina Herrera dress from the 1990s.
Donated by Mary Tyler Cheek McClenahan.

Above: Missoni three-piece ensemble from 1972.

Above: Lanvin women’s suit from c. 1988.

Vera Magdeeva
Costume & Textiles Intern
Valentine Richmond History Center