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August 22 2014

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‘Tis The Season: Celebrating Resort Fashion

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The dress code was “Endless Summer” at last night’s party for the new book Resort Fashion: Style in Sun-Drenched Climates, a collection of vintage fashion photos spanning the history of the tweener season. With chapters like “Stripes,” “Playclothes,” and “Polka Dots,” flipping through is as fun as a frolic on the beach. Well, almost. “Resort fashion expresses the id being revealed,” said Costume Institute curator Harold Koda. “Look at the clothing—it’s all about a fantasy inner life that’s allowed to express itself.” That was just what author Caroline Rennolds Milbank had in mind. “People can’t travel as much,” she said. “I thought this would be a great escapist book—an armchair holiday kind of thing.” Some of the fashion folk in the crowd do get away now and again. “I lived in Brazil for five years, and I love to go to this fishing village outside of Rio called Paraty,” said The Wall Street Journal‘s Teri Agins. “I bring great printed sundresses from Tracy Reese.” Also at the party was Amy Fine Collins, who wrote the foreword, in a dramatic look from Geoffrey Beene’s 1969 Resort collection, though the getup was atypical of her personal resort style. “I am always made fun of in Palm Beach because I wear black and white almost exclusively and everybody else is in color,” she said. “I think the book will inspire a lot of designers. Everything looks so modern and everybody looks like they’re having a great time—young, happy, and rich!”

Photos: Jonathan Ziegler/PatrickMcmullan.com

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