October 9, 1998 – February 27, 1999
Scaasi: The Joy of Dressing Up showcases the work of renowned New York fashion designer, Arnold Scaasi. Centering around a donation of 26 sample garments donated by the designer in 1997, and a collection of Scaasi garments from the Historic Costume & Textiles Collection, the exhibition explores the themes and influences of this award-winning designer. One of New York’s last true couturiers, Arnold Scaasi’s early career years were spent working with designers such as Paquin and Charles James. Their influence is evident in the garments Scaasi created for celebrated national figures from Barbra Streisand to Barbara Bush, and local celebrities such as Mrs Marvin (Terre Blair) Hamlisch, all featured in the exhibition.
“I put on a Scaasi and I feel ‘right’ and comfortable and easy.”
– Liz Smith, New York Post columnist; friend and client of fashion designer Arnold Scaasi
This is the exact reaction Arnold Scaasi wishes to achieve with his designs. His philosophy regarding clothing is that it should enhance a woman’s body and lift her mood, essentially making her feel good about herself.