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Legendary American Designer from Russia Valentina Sanina

Legendary American Designer from Russia Valentina Sanina - Beauty will save

Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt, courtesy of Nina Frantzen, from “Valentina” by Kohle Yohannan, Rizzoli 2009  Valentina and George Schlee arrive at the Metropolitan Opera in 1945.

Drama Queen

Valentina Nicholaevna, (Russian-American Actress turned Fashion Designer, Valentina) pictured with her husband George Schlee, demonstrating one of her gowns which displays "simplicity" is done.

Sophie of Saks Fifth Avenue working on her new collection.

Sophie of Saks Fifth Avenue working on her new collection.

In the workrooms of the fashion designer Norman Hartnell in London, a seamstress fits an afternoon frock onto a stand.

Even back in the day, designers were THE essential piece of the clothing puzzle.

Valentina Nicholaevna Sanina Schlee

American Designer from Russia Valentina Sanina at the mirror

Pinning this because I love the cape and the pearls...but her posture sucks!

Strapless dinner dress with lace jacket by Jane Engel and mock pearl choker, photo by Serge Balkin, 1949

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