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Close Up with Charles Kleibacker

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This mottled blue mohair cape and overblous is paired with a brilliant blue silk satin skirt (1957).

In honor of the late Charles Kleibacker, here is an interview with him that originally appeared in Threads issue 135.

When I think of the best of American couture, I think of Charles Kleibacker. I first heard him talk at a fashion symposium years ago, and he (and his bias-cut garments) were treated with a respect bordering on the reverential. Recently, while researching vintage clothing in Columbus, Ohio, I met up with him, and we spent a fascinating day poring over a number of vintage couture garments in his incredible collection.

A Little Background…

Born in 1921, Charles Kleibacker was known as the “Master of the Bias.” His elegant garments remain a testament to the delicate balance he achieved between brilliantly calculated bias designs, fluid fabrics, and the female form. Before he dedicated his life to fashion, Kleibacker received a degree in journalism from the University of Notre Dame. Starting out…

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  1. SusanBeck | | #1

    What a fantastic article!!!

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