Cornejo and Costa at FIT Bash... Fever Pitch...

The Museum at FIT’s “American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion” exhibit opened Thursday night.

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Charles Kleibacker

Photo By Thomas Iannaccone

MEET THEIR PEERS: The Thursday night opening bash for the Museum at FIT’s “American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion” exhibit offered the designers in attendance, many of whom had their own work on display, a chance to get better acquainted with their colleagues. “I loved Maria Cornejo’s pieces,” said Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa. “I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t know her work before, so I’m invigorated by what I saw here.”

Narciso Rodriguez noted that Cornejo and Isabel Toledo’s designs were his favorites, as were those from Charles Kleibacker, whose dresses dated back to the late Sixties. “He’s here,” Rodriguez said excitedly of Kleibacker, before admitting he was too shy to approach the designer in person.

Kleibacker, meanwhile, reserved his praise for a crimson Adrian gown, designed for Joan Crawford. “The dress was made in the Thirties and it’s held together all these years, with all this heavy beading,” he said. “That’s an incredible garment.” Others at the party included Cornejo, Yeohlee Teng, Thom Browne, Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra of Costello Tagliapietra, Ronald Shamask and Daphne Guinness.

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