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Geoffrey Beene (1927–2004)

Brenda Polan

Brenda Polan is a fashion writer, editor, lecturer and academic. She was formerly fashion editor and women’s page editor of The Guardian and has since written for all Britain’s major newspapers and many magazines. She was until recently Programme Director (Media) at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Tredre is Course Leader, MA Fashion Roger Tredre is Course Leader, MA Fashion Communication, at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Prior to his academic career, he worked in newspaper fashion journalism and was the first Editor-in-Chief of WGSN, the online fashion trends and research business. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Great Fashion Designers : From Chanel to McQueen, the names that made fashion history

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

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...Beene’s experimental, almost transgressive, approach to fabric made him attractive to the manufacturers of the new synthetic fibres.Like all the great designers who helped to shift fashion on to a new track, Geoffrey Beene challenged...
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...Geoffrey Beene's Autumn/Winter 1991 womenswear collection was shown at New York Fashion Week in the Equitable Building. The collection filled the stage with a galactic soundtrack and highlighted Beene's interest in finding new ways to shape...
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...Geoffrey Beene’s Spring/Summer 1989 womenswear collection was shown at New York Fashion Week. The show exuded the glamour and high-end American look Beene was known for, featuring heavily embellished gowns in clashing colors, as well...
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...Geoffrey Beene's Autumn/Winter 1992 womenswear show took place in New York. Beene' s interest in form and shape, and use of the contours of the body to shape garments was evident, as well as his focus on fashion as art. He used a range...
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...Geoffrey Beene's Spring/Summer 1992 womenswear collections was shown at New York Fashion Week and, like many of his collections, was a sensuous celebration of the female form. Beene began with expert construction techniques, impeccable...
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...Geoffrey Beene's Spring/Summer 1993 collection was shown in New York. This dance-inspired womenswear collection was not a runway show, but a multimedia installation, or “static” fashion show, designed by Tsao & McKown. Portrait photographer...
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...Geoffrey Beene’s Autumn/Winter 1988 womenswear collection for his eponymous brand was shown during New York fashion week. The show featured a small number of looks with a focus on tailoring, mainly styled in two color ways giving...
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...Geoffrey Beene’s Autumn/Winter 1994 show was presented at New York Fashion Week. Showcasing his unapologetic individuality by replacing supermodels for dancers, Beene’s collection was presented as a ballet, highlighting not only his...
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...Known as one of the greatest American designers of the Twentieth Century, Geoffrey Beene’s fashion empire has been built on a reputation for intricate, artful design that blend masterful construction techniques with seemingly heterogenous...
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...Geoffrey Beene's womenswear Spring/Summer 1990 collection was presented at New York Fashion Week. Garments were often featured in simple and classic shapes of crew necks, halter necks, and long sleeves. With each minimalist outfit Beene...