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Elegant Dressmaker

While the name Valentina Nicholaevna Sanina Shlee (she was commonly referred to as simply Valentina) is not the most widely remembered of her time, from the late 20s to the 50s the Russian born beauty was a highly skilled, dramatic dressmaker who was as stylish and remarkable herself as her simple and gorgeous creations. She was designer for the stage and dressed the rich and the famous of the era. One of her clients was Greta Garbo, who once had an affair with Valentina’s husband. The fued between them resulted in an elaborate leaving and entering schedule so they’d avoid each other in the halls of  the ritzy apartment complex they both lived in. The Museum of the City of New York had a retrospective of her career last year that I am sad to say I missed.

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Posted on July 25, 2010

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