Ankara Print Dresses? These Aren’t Shakespeare’s ‘Merry Wives.’

When Saheem Ali, the director of this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park production of “Merry Wives,” thought about which costume designer he wanted to create the clothes for the show, he knew immediately that it should be Dede Ayite. The two have been friends for years, and have worked together on “Twelfth Night” for the … Read more

The Boys in Their Summer Dresses

It seems fairly unlikely that when Irwin Shaw wrote “The Girls in Their Summer Dresses,” his classic paean to “a million wonderful women, all over the city,” drifting along the pavement as warm breezes tugged at their hems, he could have envisioned a day when those “girls” would as likely be men. Sexist and dated … Read more

Deb Haaland Makes History, and Dresses for It

Forget pantsuit nation. The Washington dress code is changing, one swearing-in at a time. On Thursday, Deb Haaland made history when she began her job as Secretary of the Interior, becoming the first Native American to lead a cabinet-level agency. And she did so not in the recent uniform of many female politirati — the … Read more

4 Ways I’m Wearing Cowboy Boots and Dresses This Year

I know it’s not really fair to write-off a whole fashion category, but I’ve never really been much of a dress person. I have a fair selection in my wardrobe, so I’m not totally averse, however I know some people who live in them and love nothing more than the swishy feel of a flowing skirt. Yet, I have recently identified the importance of … Read more

Vintage Wedding Dresses: Where to Buy Them

While it may not have been a grand wedding by royal standards, Princess Beatrice’s recent nuptials will be remembered for all the right reasons. In front of a small number of close family members on July 17, the Princess married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi wearing a vintage gown by Norman Hartnell, which was previously worn by the … Read more