NORELL: Master of American Fashion

By Jeffery Banks

Norell was the first designer to employ couture techniques and showed the world that American design could climb to great heights when producing collection after collection with refined workmanship and luxurious fabrics. He singlehandedly shaped the character of the ready-to-wear industry and served as a role model to younger generations of American designers. Norell was the first thoroughly modern American designer—and his dresses are still prized today.