The finest fashions – in Greenwich

“The Best of American Fashion” will be explored by independent fashion historian and author Caroline Rennolds Milbank when the Greenwich Decorative Arts Society meets Dec. 2.

For those with a love of fashion – that’s all of us, right? – save the date of Dec. 2.

That’s when independent fashion historian and author Caroline Rennolds Milbank will speak on “The Best of American Fashion” during the next meeting of the Greenwich Decorative Arts Society.

To be held at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, the afternoon will run from 1:15 to 3 p.m. with refreshments immediately following the lecture.

Here’s how the society is advancing the event:

“A copiously illustrated presentation touching on the greatest talents in American fashion of the 20th century, from couture-level designers such as Charles James, Mainbocher and Ralph Rucci to the top ready-to-wear designers: James Galanos, Norman Norell, Pauline Trigère, Mary McFadden, Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass, Calvin Klein and Halston. Also included will be innovators in sport and resort wear such as Claire McCardell, Rudi Gernreich, Ralph Lauren, Lilly Pulitzer and Tory Burch along with the great American women of style.”

Milbank, also the author of four books, has been a costume curator for exhibitions in Manhattan, both at The Museum at FIT at the Fashion Institute of Technology and at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as at The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Admission for nonmembers of the Greenwich Decorative Arts Society is $25. Space is limited.  Reservations are required for both members and guests by Nov. 25. To make reservations, email

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– Mary Shustack

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