Living: Puttin' on the Ritz in Gotham

Two exhibits celebrate the giddy heights of fashion

On one point, anyway, there can be no argument. "La Belle Epoque," the new show of period high fashion organized by Diana Vreeland for New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art and underwritten by Pierre Cardin, is an eyeful and a noseful. The eye is ravished by a theatrical assembly of more than 150 women's, men's and children's costumes, representing thousands of yards of fabric coaxed into stunning shape with a skill and diligence that today cannot be had anywhere outside of major surgery. The olfactory...

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