Gracefully Chic

  • Stony Brook, Long Island
  • Oct 20, 2019
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This will be the first major retrospective exhibition to explore the work and lasting influence of mid-20th century designer Philip Hulitar (1905-1992). In the rapidly-changing world of postwar American couture, Hulitar became known for his distinctively tailored and elegantly decorated cocktail dresses and evening gowns. Launching his label in 1949 after 18 years of success as one of Bergdorf Goodman’s chief designers and head of its women’s dress division, Hulitar quickly earned critical acclaim and a fervent following in New York and Long Island society. “The star of a gifted designer has risen recently on the fashion horizon,” one contemporary journalist stated, shortly after his business opened.


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