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October 4, 1985 | BETTY GOODWIN, Times Staff Writer
They come and they gawk. "That is divine," they say. "That is absolutely me. That is absolutely to die for. " They look some more and study, and they say with good reason: "That dress is very Nancy Reagan." It is James Galanos Day at the Amen Wardy boutique in Newport Beach, a special day for all concerned. The shop is filled to the rafters with lilies of the valley and fragrant gardenias. Cold-duck salad is served in the Venetian ballroom.
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September 12, 1999 | ROBIN ABCARIAN, Robin Abcarian last wrote for the magazine on fashion icons Bob Mackie and Lee Minnelli
Drivers whizzing past the drab building on the drab stretch of Sepulveda Boulevard in West Los Angeles might be surprised to know that the dapper man saying goodbye to a visitor on the sidewalk is a world-famous fashion designer worshiped by high-rolling customers and museum costume curators alike. They might be even more surprised to know that a very glamorous going-out-of-business sale is taking place inside.
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March 20, 1997 | MAUREEN SAJBEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To many people, California fashion means bikinis and the kind of abbreviated sportswear that whizzes by on the Venice boardwalk. Yet James Galanos, creator of some of the world's most elegant and expensive women's clothes, represents a slice of California too. He has quietly called Los Angeles home for 45 years, and while his designs have nothing to do with the beach, they have everything to do with breaking away from East Coast and European conventions.
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March 20, 1997 | MAUREEN SAJBEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To many people, California fashion means bikinis and the kind of abbreviated sportswear that whizzes by on the Venice boardwalk. Yet James Galanos, creator of some of the world's most elegant and expensive women's clothes, represents a slice of California too. He has quietly called Los Angeles home for 45 years, and while his designs have nothing to do with the beach, they have everything to do with breaking away from East Coast and European conventions.
NEWS
March 17, 1994 | JOANNA RAEBEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If there's any American designer who can be called a couturier, it's James Galanos. From the early '50s, he has been turning out intricately designed and meticulously made day and evening wear to acclaim from the fashion press and from a select clientele who appreciates his unique vision and can afford his uncommonly high prices. Just don't call his collections couture within his earshot, because this modest-seeming but exacting man will set you straight.
NEWS
December 12, 1986 | ROSE-MARIE TURK
In the beginning, it looked and sounded like a quiet social event. Pleasant conversation, fine wines, soothing chamber music. But then the fashion show took over, the excitement level rose, and by evening's end, seven very special furs, including a $225,000 one-of-a-kind Russian lynx, had been snapped up by eager buyers.
NEWS
October 28, 1985 | TIA GINDICK, Times Staff Writer
Tim and Nancy Vreeland--you see their names in the society columns as favorite party guests, or attending a brand-name benefit. Or perhaps on a few select letterheads such as the boards of the Music Center's Amazing Blue Ribbon, Cedars-Sinai Women's Guild, the Costume Council of the County Museum of Art.
NEWS
August 24, 1990 | MAUREEN SAJBEL
Now that First Lady Nancy Reagan has returned to civilian life in Southern California, Los Angeles designer James Galanos, one of her favorites, has not had to adjust. "My name was established before Mrs. Reagan went to the White House," he says in his polite and correct manner. Galanos has been described as a shy man, and he does seem a bit so. But he is also a confident man who is not afraid to speak his mind.
NEWS
May 29, 1987 | ROSE-MARIE TURK
Although Los Angeles-based designer James Galanos is world famous and heaped with honors, he was "frankly surprised" when L.A.'s Otis/Parsons School of Design recently announced him the recipient of their Design Achievement Award. Galanos introduces every new collection in New York, and for that reason, he has somehow concluded, he is "not terribly known out here." Humility is not his only well-known trait. He's been tagged "distant and not very cooperative," he says, but he is "merely shy."
NEWS
October 17, 1986 | BETTY GOODWIN
The notion that Joan Collins and Linda Evans of "Dynasty," or any of their counterparts on the evening soap operas, are the epitome of glamour only elicits a look of total incredulity from James Galanos. "I find them a little on the tacky side," says the man who is considered America's only true counterpart to the French couturiers. "Most of those so-called glamour shows are a little on the old-fashioned side. They don't even look like contemporary clothes.
NEWS
March 17, 1994 | JOANNA RAEBEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If there's any American designer who can be called a couturier, it's James Galanos. From the early '50s, he has been turning out intricately designed and meticulously made day and evening wear to acclaim from the fashion press and from a select clientele who appreciates his unique vision and can afford his uncommonly high prices. Just don't call his collections couture within his earshot, because this modest-seeming but exacting man will set you straight.
NEWS
August 24, 1990 | MAUREEN SAJBEL
Now that First Lady Nancy Reagan has returned to civilian life in Southern California, Los Angeles designer James Galanos, one of her favorites, has not had to adjust. "My name was established before Mrs. Reagan went to the White House," he says in his polite and correct manner. Galanos has been described as a shy man, and he does seem a bit so. But he is also a confident man who is not afraid to speak his mind.
NEWS
May 29, 1987 | ROSE-MARIE TURK
Although Los Angeles-based designer James Galanos is world famous and heaped with honors, he was "frankly surprised" when L.A.'s Otis/Parsons School of Design recently announced him the recipient of their Design Achievement Award. Galanos introduces every new collection in New York, and for that reason, he has somehow concluded, he is "not terribly known out here." Humility is not his only well-known trait. He's been tagged "distant and not very cooperative," he says, but he is "merely shy."
NEWS
February 15, 1987 | MARY LOU LOPER, Times Staff Writer
Telephones are chiming and conversations are buzzing over Otis/Parsons Critics Awards Fashion Show on May 2 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton. The big news is that the Otis/Parsons board of governors headed by Elaine Goldsmith has a yes from James Galanos to receive its Design Achievement Award. Since the haute couturier is premier on the fashion scene, everyone is elated.
NEWS
December 12, 1986 | ROSE-MARIE TURK
In the beginning, it looked and sounded like a quiet social event. Pleasant conversation, fine wines, soothing chamber music. But then the fashion show took over, the excitement level rose, and by evening's end, seven very special furs, including a $225,000 one-of-a-kind Russian lynx, had been snapped up by eager buyers.
NEWS
October 17, 1986 | BETTY GOODWIN
The notion that Joan Collins and Linda Evans of "Dynasty," or any of their counterparts on the evening soap operas, are the epitome of glamour only elicits a look of total incredulity from James Galanos. "I find them a little on the tacky side," says the man who is considered America's only true counterpart to the French couturiers. "Most of those so-called glamour shows are a little on the old-fashioned side. They don't even look like contemporary clothes.
NEWS
May 2, 1986 | PADDY CALISTRO
One evening last week the Amen Wardy boutique in Newport Beach was filled with women who--like Nancy Reagan and Diana Ross--have been known to pay four-digit or even five-digit prices for perhaps the closest thing to haute couture that America has to offer: designs by James Galanos. Most women had a husband or gentleman friend in tow, and some had flown from as far as Midland, Tex., to see the L.A. designer's 150-piece spring collection.
MAGAZINE
September 12, 1999 | ROBIN ABCARIAN, Robin Abcarian last wrote for the magazine on fashion icons Bob Mackie and Lee Minnelli
Drivers whizzing past the drab building on the drab stretch of Sepulveda Boulevard in West Los Angeles might be surprised to know that the dapper man saying goodbye to a visitor on the sidewalk is a world-famous fashion designer worshiped by high-rolling customers and museum costume curators alike. They might be even more surprised to know that a very glamorous going-out-of-business sale is taking place inside.
NEWS
May 2, 1986 | PADDY CALISTRO
One evening last week the Amen Wardy boutique in Newport Beach was filled with women who--like Nancy Reagan and Diana Ross--have been known to pay four-digit or even five-digit prices for perhaps the closest thing to haute couture that America has to offer: designs by James Galanos. Most women had a husband or gentleman friend in tow, and some had flown from as far as Midland, Tex., to see the L.A. designer's 150-piece spring collection.
NEWS
October 28, 1985 | TIA GINDICK, Times Staff Writer
Tim and Nancy Vreeland--you see their names in the society columns as favorite party guests, or attending a brand-name benefit. Or perhaps on a few select letterheads such as the boards of the Music Center's Amazing Blue Ribbon, Cedars-Sinai Women's Guild, the Costume Council of the County Museum of Art.
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