“ ‘The thing about Jimmy,’ said a woman to her companion moments after the show had begun, ‘is that he has an absolute genius for the contemporary.’ Jimmy, of course, is the designer, James Galanos, a wiry, quick-smiling man who works in California and comes to New York twice a year to demonstrate that he has, as noted by the lady commenting on his newest designs, a special feeling for contemporary fashion.”
“A seeming absence of colour, a seeming innocence of line: Galanos’s look for a woman this summer is unequivocal in its purity. Clean, cool, easy along the body. Simplicity itself. But achieved only through a fantastic mastery of cloth.”
“James Galanos, one of the most avant-garde designers, is equally good at pure flattery—as here: navy blue worsted that looks like a charming suit, is actually a charming dress, with a white linen dickey across the front.
“What Galanos knows about the workings of cloth brings to evening such effortless beauty that his great skill is scarcely perceived—it is sensed rather than seen: the pure and perfect line infusing the most deceptively simple cut.