Norman Norell
/ The Flapper
In 1965, a resurgence of "flapper" fashions embraced by Norman Norell and a number of his contemporaries led Marylin Bender of the New York Times to ask, "Is it Norell . . . or Vintage Chanel?"

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Norell was known to begin research for a collection by combing through images of past fashions in magazines. Norell seemed to prefer the 1920s, which was perhaps not coincidentally the decade in which he began his career.

Norman Norell
Evening dress
Black wool crepe, rhinestones
Circa 1965, USA
The Museum at FIT, 70.43.21
Gift of Lauren Bacall