How a former beauty queen saved the world from a plague
When the world was in the midst of a plague, the men’s fashion house Dolce & Gabbana teamed up with the United Nations to create an airtight suit of protective clothing.
It was the first time the fashion world had seen an air-tight suit.
The suit had to be worn over a man’s bare chest for at least an hour before it would stop the spread of the plague.
That was a lot of wear.
In fact, that’s how many people died of the disease.
So, what happened?
In September 1929, the British government banned men from wearing air-conditioned suits in their homes.
So the men at Dolce and Gabban took a risk.
The suits were designed by fashion designer Maurice Durante, who would go on to found a fashion empire with the likes of Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Gucci.
In a world of air-cooled suits, Durante wanted something that was more breathable.
So Durante created a new type of air suit: a silk-screened, synthetic-silk-plastic-polyester-silky nylon air suit that was made by a company called D&G.
It came in three sizes: a 6-inch, 8-inch and a 10-inch.
The silk-spun nylon was meant to help protect the wearer from the plague but it was also made to look more like a garment than an actual garment.
And it was supposed to stay dry.
For Durante’s air suit, the nylon was woven into the suit’s exterior and was sewn together with the help of special cotton fabric, which made the material more durable.
It also helped keep the suit from getting wet during the day, as it needed to be dry to breathe properly.
The suits were made by men and women of all ages, with different shapes and sizes, to ensure they fit each person’s bodies and to protect them from the spread.
In addition, the air suits were woven by hand in Italy, so Durante made sure they had a quality and uniform finish.
“I didn’t want to look like a fashion-fame-hungry, expensive-looking gentleman,” Durante said in his 1959 memoir, “Dolce &ing.
So Durante asked the head of the British coat of arms, John W. Campbell, to design a bespoke model for him.
Durante did not need to look very hard to find an answer.
“Campbell was the most brilliant man in the world,” Durant said in the book.
“He had the best taste of all the gentlemen who ever lived.”
Durante’s designer, a tailor named Louis van Doren, would go onto design a line of suits that had a style reminiscent of the men he had designed.
In 1960, the designers of D&s and Dolce Gabbans would be designing the first air-filled suits in the United States.
It wasn’t the first suit that the world had ever seen, but it would be the first that was designed specifically for the plague, as well.
The men’s clothing was so great, that it was considered a symbol of the health of society, said Dr. Elizabeth Gulliver, a professor of preventive medicine at Duke University Medical School.
So Durant asked Campbell to create a suit with the same design, only the fabrics were woven in Italy.
And Durante told Campbell he had to have the same fabric and color scheme for both the women’s and men’s suits.
The result was a product that was meant for both sexes, Durant recalled.
“When the air-spandrels were first tested, the world didn’t know what to make of them,” Durants daughter, Gloria, said in a recent interview with ABC News.
“People were afraid of wearing them, and they weren’t even safe to wear them in their own homes.”
Durant, the designer, was not happy about the way Campbell had made the suits, but he believed he was doing the right thing.
Gloria Durante and her mother, Florence Durante. “
And the women, they were supposed to be a reflection of the beauty and the nobility of the English woman.”
Gloria Durante and her mother, Florence Durante.
And it worked.
The first suit Durante designed was so successful that it won a competition that awarded a lifetime supply of the garments.
It is now worn by men across the world.
And while the air suit wasn’t perfect, Durand is happy with the result.
“It was a tremendous success,” he said, “because the people around us didn’t have a lot to fear from the pandemic.
They could live their lives.”
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