Claire McCardell bathing suit, 1946
This morning, I’m spending a few hours donating my time to a good cause. I know, how noble of me, right? Actually, selfish is more like it because I’m volunteering in the Archive Room at the Fashion Group Intl. I’m so excited to be surrounded by priceless antique slides and ghosts of designers who influenced me – I’m getting goose bumps just thinking about it. I’m especially interested in seeing some vintage Claire McCardell and James Galanos (or Jimmy G, as I like to call him!). Sure, it will be dusty and I’ll be sneezing up a storm. It is a big job and we’ll probably never be finished reorganizing the shelves upon shelves of slides, but I’ll be surrounded by people I admire and pictures that inspire. I can’t think of a better way to spend my Tuesday mornings.