Genius on Display By Mario Feliz-Guillen
Hi world! My name is Mario Feliz Guillen (but call me Mario) and I am thrilled to announce that I am the latest addition to the Supernova PR team. I have been working in the fashion industry for nearly ten years. I have served as a Venue Production Assistant at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, styled celebrities, worked as a creative on a clothing line and have attended a number of runway presentations. None of that however has been as exciting as the opportunity afforded to me now as a publicist here at Supernova PR!
It might seem silly for most people to stand in line to stare at a dress, or to clamor for entrance to a fashion show. However, for me this is a reasonable request in the pursuit of that elusive moment when
you I first glimpse something truly fabulous. For the self-described fashion head like me, seeing groundbreaking work is a rare treat. This was my finding when I visited the inaugurating exhibit at The Anna Wintour Costume Center in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art; Charles James: Beyond Fashion.
Upon entering the exhibit I was greeted by the Charles James down filled silk jacket made in 1937, a piece that was
the precursor to the ubiquitous bubble jackets, seen every winter. I was astounded to learn that James was the inventor of this staple piece in fashion. After all, it’s a widely held belief that the sleeping bag coat was invented by Norma Kamali. However, the originator of the techniques used to construct garments filled with feathers is Charles James, which was utilized decades before Kamali’s coats were seen on New York streets in the 1970’s.
This is not the only bit of fashion history claimed by the revered designer. Charles James was the innovative force behind the wrap dress, the strapless gown and countless other pioneering works in fashion. His work is timeless in both its splendid aesthetics and its meticulous construction. His understanding of balance and structure has made him one of the great pillars of fashion. His work is quoted without fail every season on the world’s runways.