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When I found this beautifully made dress with the handwritten signature of Bud Kilpatrick on the inside I had to find out who this designer was. I discovered this article from the Milwaukee Journal of August 28, 1961 by Betty Ann. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1499&dat=19610828&id=qzsaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IicEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7275,4034262
“‘Simple elegance’ with these two words, Bud Kilpatrick summed up his view of what makes a woman well dressed. The same two words describe the clothes he designs- wonderfully wearable and femminine looking clothes made of beautiful fabrics.”
During the 60s Bud Kilpatrick was one of California’s best known designers. He made the move to California from Minneapolis, Minnesota because he liked the casual well made fashion there. His mother was also a custom clothing designer and he got his start working with her.
Fine fabrics were very important to his work. Simple lines and well made clothes were what he is known for.
In 1963 he received the Neiman Marcus award.
Neiman Marcus Fashion Award
The Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion was a yearly award created in 1938 by Carrie Marcus Neiman and Stanley Marcus. Unlike the Coty Award, it was not limited to American-based fashion designers. Recipients of the Neiman Marcus Awards include couturiers, non-American based designers, journalists, manufacturers, and celebrities and style icons who had had a significant personal influence upon fashion such as Grace Kelly and Grace Mirabella. The award was typically presented to multiple recipients each year, rather than to a single individual, although Adrian was the sole winner in 1943, a feat repeated in 1957 by Coco Chanel. From 1969 the awards became increasingly intermittent, with ceremonies held in 1973, 1979, 1980, 1984 and 1995, the last year in which the awards were presented. For the final ceremony, the founder, Stanley Marcus, received one of his own awards
- Georges Braque
- Bud Kilpatrick
- Margaret Clarke Miller
- Maurice Tumarkin
- This yellow ultra suede maxi coat dress with hand embroidery is available at http://www.ctmercantile.com. Beautifully made with a hand written signature inside, it is fully lined and is a fine example of the couture design work of Bud Kilpatrick.