Article Dec 01, 2016

You are no longer passing

Iris Apfel leads tributes to James Galanos

Iris Apfel has heaped praise on late designer James Galanos and his exquisite creations.

The American designer passed away at the age of 92 on Sunday (30Oct16) from natural causes, leaving behind a fashion legacy. Known for his work with former U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy and many more stylish celebrities, the world of fashion and style have been mourning his loss.

Style icon Iris, 95, who worked with Galanos in the ‘50s, when he patronized her textile company, has led the tributes.

“Galanos was one of the most brilliant designers I’ve ever come upon. He should sit in the pantheon. His clothes were American couture. His clothes were made as well as the finest houses in Paris,” she said, reported WWD. “It was a sensual experience to put on one of his dresses because the inside was so exquisitely made. You could turn them inside out and they were gorgeous. He was very advanced. He walked to his own drummer. He didn’t play around with trends.”

For an Iris Apfel exhibition curated by The Costume Institute a few years back, one of the dresses Iris donated was a 1968 ivory satin number by Galanos.

Clare Sauro, director and chief curator of the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, has also shared her thoughts. In September (16) the James G. Galanos Foundation gave nearly 700 items to the Robert and Penny Fox at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, and Clare admits she never ceases to be amazed by the late designer’s work.

“We are constantly amazed at the quality of the textiles,” she marvelled. “It is one of the things that you read about. Until you actually see them up close — rack after rack after rack of these garments — it is absolutely astonishing the variety and the textures and the colors. They’re just incredibly sumptuous and beautiful.”