Arnold Scaasi

Plugged In

October is Fashion Month at the MFA and Tony Corey is getting "Plugged In" to the designs of American Couturier and Arnold Scaasi. With clients like Barbara Streisand and Joan Rivers, Scaasi’s ensembles represent the brilliant works of stage and screen.

Tony Corey speaks to Pamela Parmel, the curator of the exhibit, about the couturier’s archive and explains how we can explore the available works.

The MFA has actually collected costumes and ensembles since 1877. The fashion archives have always been a resource and inspiration to students. What did Parmel what to share in this exhibit? The relation between Arnold Scaasi and his clients.

“I loved doing what I was doing,” Scaasi said. “I love working with the fabrics, I love creating the pieces…” The pieces truly were works of art created for stars.

On designing for Arlene Francis, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Bush and more he said, “They wanted something special because they knew that’s what I did…I don’t want to do boring clothes – everyone else does that.  Why do I need to do that?”

The exhibit, open through June 19th, is truly a celebration of the life and times of this innovative American designer who spent more than half of his career dedicated to custom-made works of art.

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