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Fashion Friday: A Tribute to Tassell

In the 1960s, Philadelphia-born designer Gustave Tassell achieved international acclaim for his refined women’s clothes and accessories. A favorite of Jacqueline Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco, the drama of Tassell’s designs was in their simplicity, according to Dilys E. Blum, The Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costumes and Textiles. In tribute to Tassell, who passed away last month, we’re sharing five favorites from our Tassell collection. Explore more here.

Woman’s Late Afternoon Dress, Fall 1957, by Gustave Tassell

Woman’s Dress and Cape, Spring 1960, by Gustave Tassell

Woman’s Ensemble: Dress, Cape, and Capelet, Spring 1965, by Gustave Tassell

Woman’s Hat, Spring 1965, by Gustave Tassell

Woman’s Evening Dress, Spring/Summer 1969, by Gustave Tassell


Today I went down to the Club Monaco store in Philadelphia to redeem some credit I had been generously given by the company after my month of contributing to the Culture Club back in October. 

Mary, the store manager, Kate and all of the gang were so welcoming and generous. It was probably one of the best shopping experiences I have had in a while. I got a bunch of loot that I will share tomorrow, but I wanted to thank everyone today, including Jenny Olson and the gang at the store. 

Happy Birthday, Cary Grant! (18 January 1904)

This is my favorite picture of best friends Grace and Cary together… the caption reads:

"Grace and Cary Grant get a kick out of the Philadelphia Bulletin’s report on their bringing the premiere of To Catch A Thief to her hometown."

And look at Grace’s dress! One of my favorite outfits she’s ever worn ♥