"Major American designer, born in Noblesville, Indiana. Norell worked with Hattie Carnegie from 1928-1940. He then partnered with Anthony Traina in 1941 to form the firm Traina-Norell, where he remained until Traina's death in 1960.
In 1960 he formed his own company, Norman Norell. Norell used a basic repertoire of shapes, yet achieved a great deal of variety. He was known for the waistless chemise dress, his "mermaid" sequin sheaths, the pussycat bow, and for making day sportswear shapes in evening fabrics and doing up sport fabrics for evening. Also known for his precision tailoring, he favored the finest imported fabrics, and thought it better to have one really good but threadbare dress than a wardrobe of cheap clothes."
On the red-carpet at the same event - which all together featured some wonderful dresses - I noticed a couple of other looks which I think may well become the vintage of tomorrow.
Anna Paquin aka Sookie Stackhouse from True Blood was brave and beautiful in this fabulous Viktor & Rolf 2010 design. This is one label that is truly cutting edge and completely of our time.