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Norell, Norman

Norman Mailer had a lovely excerpt in his biography of Marilyn Monroe where he recreated conversations between the star and the designer. Later, he admitted he embellished on the conversations, but this one quote always made me smile "Norman Norell gave me my first lesson in style. It is not enough to find the problem, he said, and avoid it. Elegance is magic. The problem, presto, has to become the solution. I believe that is why Norell created fashion that always worked, no matter what your flaws.