+  Edited and photographed by Iké Udé, author of Style File. Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Best Dressed Originals.  +

elements of style #1/NORELL: designer, with models + woman at the races, May 1914

Norell became known for his paired paillette “mermaid” sheaths. Here, surrounded by a bevy of svelte models inspired by artist Kees van Dongen paintings

Unidentified woman at the races, May 1914

…archival imagery in “Elements of Style,” then reading an interview with a stylish contemporary excites and cements the sartorial linkage and sympathy between the ongoing narratives. Both departments serve to inform, paying homage to stylish predecessors and pointing to historical sources of design: they inspire dialogue between now and then and acknowledge influence.

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