Saturday, November 04, 2006

The $3.5 Million Dollar Christmas Gift

The Neiman Marcus Christmas catalogue has launched and in it comes their annual fantasy gift section. This season the retailer has something that speaks directly to the true fashion lover - the one and only original archival record of the House of Fath and with it a $3,500,000 price tag.

Jacques Fath, the Parisian couturier, from the late '30s to the '40s, was a well known fixture within the international fashion world. Known for being the first designer to introduce haute couture to the United States, his infamous sweeping skirts clothed the social ladies of the time. Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner and Greta Garbo were among his most loyal fans. Launching the careers of Hubert de Givenchy and Guy Laroche, Fath's career came to a premature end when he died at the height of his fame in 1954.

"This museum-quality collection includes 26 volumes of original sketchbooks from 1948 through 1956, with more than 3,400 couture designs. The collection also includes three exquisite Fath haute couture dresses, each with its accompanying sketch," states the Neiman Marcus website on their most prestigous Christmas gift.

I wonder whose tree this gift will be lying under.


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