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What we are looking at is the full size bound program book "Geoffrey Beene: Unbound. 30 Years"
from an exhibition held at The Museum of F.I.T. (the Fashion Institute of Technology) in Manhattan,
New York City, circa 1994. This event also included the launch of the "Geoffrey Beene Scholarship at
F.I.T." for undergraduates in Marketing, Cosmetics and Toiletries.
February 14 - April 30 ... 1994.
Burgundy and blue panne velvet top and skirt with mohair trim by
Geoffrey Beene. photo: Josef Astor.
Double-faced pink and coral
wool bolero over hooded black
jersey Jumpsuit. photo:
William Laxton.
Black double-faced silk satin dress with
trompe l'oeil collar, cuffs, and tie. photo:
Josef Astor
Home
People Remembered
The name is Geoffrey Beene. Who was
he ? That is a loaded question. Geoffrey
Beene was a Fashion Designer Great who
passed on from this World in 2004. In the
clothing industry he is a Legend. He first
went to medical school. Coming from a
Louisianna family of Doctors and Lawyers
it seemed a natural choice. But while in
medical school he realized what he really
wanted to do was become a fashion
designer. He went to Paris, came to New
York. And the rest is history. Geoffrey
Beene 7th Avenue Fashion Desiger.
Many people, when they hear the name
Geoffrey Beene, think high ended pure
quality: women's fashion. $5,000 to
$30,000 dresses. Evenso, men all
around the world will tell you that is not all
Mr. Beene was about. Geoffrey Beene did
affordable clothes for men. The men's line
has been known to sell as much as 60
million dollars a year. A lot of happy men.
Featured here (above) is a Geoffrey Beene shirt matched with Levi's Jeans and
Timberland Construction Boots. Below (right) is Shoshana in a Beene creation
and left Deanna McBrearty, American Ballet. From "Unbound: Beene 30 years."
photo:
Andrew
Eccles
photo:
Josef
Astor
Excerpt From "Geoffrey Beene: Unbound."

GRACE MIRABELLA: When does design begin ? With the Fabric ? Before the fabric is chosen ? When ?
GEOFFREY BEENE: I come in. I'm going to sketch, I'm going to drape, I don't know what I'm going to do.
Design is an unknown. From fabric that is very flat, it just suddenly takes form and shape and meaning.
When I don't hove any ideas, I pick up fabric and then I start working with it and something happens. Design
is a revelation to me. It's like taking something that is not alive and giving it form, shape, substance, and life.

photos: Josef Astor
Shoshanna
Theresa
Black silk crepe Jumpsuit on
Shoshana. photo: Josef Astor.
portrait Geoffrey Beene
by Herb Ritts.
A look at Fashion Legend "Geoffrey Beene: Unbound"

INTERVIEW BY GRACE MIRABELLA
TEXTS BY FRANZ KAFKA
EDITED AND DESIGNED BY J. ABBOTT MILLER
PHOTOGRAPHS BY
JOSEF ASTOR, JACK DEUTSCH, ANDREW ECCLES,
GUZMAN, HIRO, WILLIAM LAXTON, HERB RITTS

PUBLISHED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE EXHIBITION
GEOFFREY BEENE UNBOUND
THE MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
FEBRUARY 14 - APRIL 50, 1994
PUBLICATION COPYRIGHT 1994 GEOFFREY BEENE, INC

Shoshana and Theresa - Company Model Management
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