1967: In white one-shouldered gown at an art exhibit opening with Ronald Reagan.
Editors note: On October 30th, one of the great American designers, James Galanos, passed away. He is one of my personal favourites and I count the examples of his work that I have found over the years to be some of my greatest vintage discoveries. His work has an almost eerie, "ever relevant”, quality to it that I absolutely love. We have complied some of the best tributes to him that have popped up around the web and are going to run them all through the week in addition to our regular posts. I do have a selection of his work in the shop and I would love if you go peek, if for nothing more then to get an idea of his genius and talent. Thank you Mr. Galanos for the beauty you gave to the world.
James Galanos, the beloved exclusive designer whose clientele included the likes of Nancy Reagan, passed away at the age of 92 this morning. His death was confirmed by the sister of his esteemed contemporary, Ralph Rucci. Although the exclusivity of Galanos' business and his low-profile public status kept his work from becoming mainstream, the former first lady helped bring his designs—especially the dresses—into the spotlight, from mod coat dresses to stunning embroidered gowns. Here, relive Galanos' legacy through the memorable looks he created for the late FLOTUS.
1967: In a mod coat dress at California Governor's Mansion.
1967: In an orange belted coat dress at the California State Capitol in Sacramento.
1981: In a white floor-length sequined gown under a silk jacket with a ruffled collar while leaving the White House with President Ronald Reagan on the way to the inaugural ball.
1981: In the same dress and white gloves at an inaugural ball at the Washington Hill Hotel.
1981: In a skirt suit with a scarf, hat and pearls while leaving for Prince Charles and Lady Diana's wedding at St. Paul's Cathedral.
1983: In a purple and gold belted gown at a gala for the Queen of England, at 20th Century-Fox Studios.
1985: In a white floor-length gown completely embroidered with beads (it reportedly took Galanos and his team 300 hours to make) at the second inaugural ball.