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Last Thursday the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its doors to a "Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style", anexhibition dedicated to French aristocrat Jacqueline de Ribes. Born in Paris in 1929, de Ribes was a muse to numerous haute couture designers and is seen by many people as the ultimate personification of Parisian elegance. She  also directed her own design business  from 1982 to 1995. The exhibit placed in the Anna Wintour Costume Center, features about 60 haute couture and ready-to-wear ensembles from the “The Last Queen of Paris”, once dubbed by designer Valentino Garavani, personal archive dated 1962 to the present.

"The exhibit features dramatic ball gowns, jumpsuits and other bold designs; many of which de Ribes played a part in creating. It was rare that she would purchase a haute couture piece without making several unique changes to it, and as guests travel through the exhibit, they can read more about the influence she had on designers and her significance in the design world." - noted Harold Koda,  the exhibit's curator.

This exhibition that runs through February 21 2016, features designers work including  the already mentioned Valentino Garavani,  Yves Saint Laurent, Madame Grè, Giorgio Armani, Pierre Balmain, Bill Blass, Marc Bohan for Dior, Roberto Cavalli, John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Norma Kamali, Guy Laroche, Ralph Lauren, Emanuel Ungaro, Fernando Sanchez for Révillon Frères and some of Ribes' own designs. 

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