James Galanos in 1956
|Died||October 30, 2016 (aged 92)|
|Education||Traphagen School of Design, New York|
|Galanos, Parfums Galanos, Galanos Furs|
|Awards||Coty American Fashion Critics award, 1954, 1956; Neiman Marcus award, Dallas, 1954; Filene's Young Talent Design award, Boston, 1958; Cotton Fashion award, 1958; Coty American Hall of Fame award, 1959; Crystal Ball Award from The Fashion Group of Philadelphia, 1963; Drexel Institute of Technology, 1965; Sunday Times International Award, London, 1968; Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Golden 44 Award, 1980; FiFi award for Parfums Galanos, New York, 1980; Universita delle Arte Terme Diploma di Merita, Italy, 1981; Council of Fashion Designers of America Lifetime Achievement award, 1985; Stanley Award, 1986 Inducted, Fashion Walk of Fame, Seventh Avenue, New York, 2001; Received, Doctor of Philosophy degree honoris causa, San Francisco Academy of Art University, 2008|
Galanos was born September 20, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the only son of Greek-born parents. His mother, Helen Gorgoliatos, and his father, Gregory Galanos, a frustrated artist, ran a restaurant in southern New Jersey, where Galanos had his first glimpses of well-dressed women. He grew up a shy boy and learned to work hard from an early age. Galanos recalled that he was "a loner, surrounded by three sisters. I never sewed; I just sketched. It was simply instinctive. As a young boy I had no fashion influences around me but all the while I was dreaming of Paris and New York." Galanos graduated from Bridgeton High School in Bridgeton, New Jersey in 1942 and went to New York City intending to enroll at a school headed by Barbara Karinska, the great Russian stage designer and costumer.
When the school failed to open in the autumn, he enrolled at the Traphagen School of Fashion, one of the first schools of its kind. He attended two semesters at Traphagen, the first spent in general design studies and the second in draping and construction. After eight months, in 1943, Galanos left the school because he felt that what he wanted to learn could only be acquired from practical experience in the garment industry.
1944 – mid-1950s
In 1944, Galanos got a position as a general assistant at the New York East 49th Street emporium of Hattie Carnegie, the incubator of such talents as Jean Louis, Pauline Trigère, and Norman Norell. His job there turned out to be more clerical than creative, and, disappointed, Galanos left Carnegie and began selling his sketches to individual manufacturers on Seventh Avenue for less than $10.00 per sketch. Then, in 1945, his former Traphagen style and fashion teacher Elisabeth Rorabach called his attention to a help-wanted ad she had seen in The New York Times, placed by textile magnate Lawrence Lesavoy. "His beautiful wife, Joan, was hoping to launch a ready-to-wear dress business in California, and they were looking for a designer," recalled Galanos. The Lesavoys employed him for $75.00 a week and dispatched him to Los Angeles. Their plan, however, did not materialize; the Lesavoys divorced, and Galanos lost his job. "Out of pity," Galanos said, Jean Louis, head costume designer at Columbia Pictures, hired him as a part-time assistant sketch artist. Soon afterward, Lawrence Lesavoy agreed to send the 24-year-old Galanos to Paris, just as couture houses there were rebounding from the war. Couturier Robert Piguet absorbed the American into his stable of assistants, among whom were Pierre Balmain, Hubert de Givenchy, and Marc Bohan. At the Piguet atelier, Galanos met with fabric and trimming suppliers to choose materials, sketched and draped up designs under the eye of Piguet, who oversaw his work on a daily basis. In 1948, Galanos decided to return to the U.S and accepted a job with Davidow, a dress-making firm in New York. The new job allowed him very little creativity, and he resigned shortly.
In 1951, James Galanos decided to take another shot at California, and when the opportunity arose for him to open his own company, Galanos Originals, in 1952, he created a small collection, which was immediately ordered by Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. He then opened his New York showroom where a Neiman Marcus clothing buyer discovered him and predicted his styles would soon "set the world on fire." Stanley Marcus, the president of Neiman Marcus, agreed and soon proclaimed that the greatest and most treasured luxury in the world for a woman to have would be a dress by James Galanos. Legendary magazine editors and style arbiters such as Diana Vreeland, Eleanor Lambert and Eugenia Sheppard became fans, ensuring that he would become a household name within months. From this first collection, his clothing has been admired for its particularly high quality, especially considering it was ready-to-wear, not custom-made. His chiffon dresses, in particular, made his reputation in the early 1950s, with their yards of meticulously hand-rolled edges. Many designers worked with chiffon, but Galanos was a true master of the genre. He draped chiffon, pleated it, layered it, used flower prints and fabrics with metallic glints. As tailored as a shirtwaist dress or as seductive as a sarong, he gave chiffon a high style all his own. Sometimes he even gilded it, as in his notable pin-striped dress with a three-dimensional jeweled butterfly embroidered on the chest.
In 1953, Galanos embarked on another venture altogether – he began designing for movies. His first job was to create costumes for Rosalind Russell, the star of the forthcoming film "Never Wave at a WAC." Russell, who at that time was considered the best-dressed of all American actresses, loved Galanos' designs, and she became his friend and a loyal client. Galanos went on to design costumes for other Russell's movies, most notably the film version of Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad in 1967. After her death, Miss Russell's wardrobe – nearly all of it Galanos – was divided among a number of costume collections across the country as gifts in her memory from her husband, Frederick Brisson. Other Galanos' contributions to film and performing arts included costume designs for Judy Garland for General Electric Theater and Judy Garland Musical Special, both in 1956, as well as the 1974 film Ginger in the Morning, starring Sissy Spacek.
Mid-1950s – 1998
Galanos gathered some of the most talented craftsmen available in his workrooms; many were trained in Europe or in the costume studios of Hollywood, for whom he continued to design from time to time. Nondas Keramitsis, Galanos' head tailor, moved to Los Angeles from his native Greece to make women’s clothing. He had heard about Galanos through relatives and soon started working with him in his Los Angeles studio. Keramitsis and a crew of about 22 tailors he oversaw made everything by hand. If Galanos' work was compared to that of anyone else, it was compared to French haute couture. His business was more comparable to a couture house than a ready-to-wear manufacturer; there was a great amount of hand work in each garment, and all of his famous beadwork and embroidery was done by his staff. Galanos always chose fabrics and trimmings personally during trips to Europe and Asia. Though he constantly looked for the best fabrics, Galanos often felt compelled to create his own. So he would make jackets out of different colored ribbons to toss over his chiffon dresses in impressionist colors. Or he would cross black satin ribbons over black lace for the bodices of delicately frothy short evening dresses. He often lined his dresses with silks that other designers used for dresses themselves, and he was always a firm believer in the importance of hidden details. These details made a difference in the feel of the clothes on the body and the hang of the fabric, and his clients all over the world were willing to pay a great deal for them. Details that were not hidden included sequins, feathers, metallic brocades, and laces. He often balanced his most glittering dresses with quiet tie-dyed velvet sheaths and long, clingy styles in black crepe or crushed velvet. "Galanos: Perfection, and Lots of It," read the headline in The New York Times after Galanos' show of some 200 designs in 1988. "While he travels to Europe for his fabrics – many are the same as those used in the Paris couture collections – most of Galanos's designing is done in California," reported the Times. "His standards are as high as those found anywhere in the world. If a comparison is made, it is usually with the Paris couture. It is reasonably astonishing that an American designer of ready-to-wear should merit that kind of homage over so long a period of time." Fashion designer Gustave Tassell, a long-time friend of Galanos, recalls an occasion when Hubert de Givenchy, the illustrious French couturier, was looking at an inside of a Galanos garment and exclaimed "... we don't make them this well in Paris!" It was precisely this couture quality and the timelessness of Galanos' designs that caused his clients to never part with their gowns and continue wearing them over many years. But it was also the price tag. "Nobody could afford to dress completely with Jimmy," Nancy Reagan once confessed. "I hang on to what I have."
Galanos was also famous for his exquisite furs. He used mainly mink, sable, lynx, and broadtail and handled the furs imaginatively as if they were fabric. He smocked and quilted the surfaces, nipped the waistlines and used drawstrings, ruffles, and capelets to give a strong fashion slant to all that opulence. He often designed for Peter Dion, the furrier who made sure that the quality of the pelts and the workmanship supported the innovative design. At the top of the line were coats made of lynx bellies, so soft and fluffy they looked airborne. The short style was selling for $200,000, the long one – for $300,000. The fitted coat was a Galanos specialty, successful in almost any fur, including fox. As he did with his ready-to-wear, Galanos also made the hats and other accessories, which included short fur scarves with mink tails hanging from the ends. He showed his coats over stretch tights and bodysuits with satin surfaces. There were unexpected styles as well, like fur shorts, gathered down the sides. Many sleeves featured the smock quilting that became a Galanos signature. He also had a special feeling for broadtail, the tissue-thin fur with a sleek, elegant surface. But Galanos could also make soft mink coats look lean, willowy and graceful by the way he shaped the skins in the back or carved the hemline in a back-dipping curve. According to Bernardine Morris of the New York Times, Galanos' "best design is a slender coat with the skins worked vertically through the bodice and horizontally for the skirt, an example of elegant proportioning."
Many of the world's most socially prominent women were Galanos customers. "James Galanos designs for wealthy women who go to luncheons and cocktail parties, dine at the finest restaurants and are invited to the best parties," reported The New York Times. "His clothes are rarely seen in business offices. It isn't only because of the five-figure price tags, although they are daunting to all but the highest-paid executives. It's also the glamour quotient of the clothes." Galanos agreed, "I design for a very limited group of people," he told Time magazine in 1985. In the 1980s, he made national headlines as First Lady Nancy Reagan's favorite designer. The fact that Mrs. Reagan wore a 14-year-old Galanos gown to her first state dinner at the White House attested to the timelessness and durability not only of his workmanship, but more importantly, of his design. This type of occurrence was commonplace among his faithful customers, who included Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Grace Kelly, Diana Ross, Betsy Bloomingdale, Rosalind Russell, Marlene Dietrich, Dorothy Lamour, Judy Garland, Loretta Young, Ali MacGraw, Ivana Trump, Carolyne Roehm, Kim Basinger, Arianna Huffington and many other notable personalities and film and media stars. In 1982, John Duka, the New York Times columnist, described in his column, Notes on Fashion, a black tie party in Galanos' honor attended by his A-list fans, "James Galanos, the designer whose clothing is unmatched in quality and price in this country, was in town, and almost immediately the level of social exchange seemed elevated as if by ripple effect. Betsy and Michael Kaiser – he is the photographer – gave a black tie buffet dinner for the designer Saturday. Among those at table were Lyn Revson, Gordon Parks, Barbara Walters, Arianna Stassinopoulos, former Senator Abraham A. Ribicoff and his wife, Casey, Freddie and Arlette Brisson, Mary McFadden, Tammy Grimes, Stephen Paley, John Loring, Gloria Vanderbilt, William Macomber, Sybilla Clark, Alex Gregory, Frank and Gloria Schiff and Bob Colacello. Mr. Galanos was the center of attention: Almost every woman in the room was wearing one of his designs."
1998 – 2016
Despite his retirement in 1998, Galanos continued to make his presence known in the fashion world. In 2002, he blasted the fashion industry for catering to only young women with perfect bodies. In an interview with WWD over lunch at the Pierre Hotel in New York he asked the reporter, Eric Wilson, shaking his head in contempt, "How many women can wear just a patch over their crotch and a bra? Aren't you embarrassed when you see a young girl walking down the street practically naked? Fashion is geared only to young people today," Galanos continued. "All we see is Levi's and bare bellies to the point of nausea. There are no clothes for elegant women. Let's face it, some of the things you see in the paper are absolutely monstrous looking – and I'm not squeamish. God knows I made sexy clothes in my day, but there's a point when you have to say, 'Enough, already'." Of contemporary designers, he admired the work of Ralph Rucci, who shares Galanos' views of the state of fashion at the beginning of the new millennium. "I think we're in a state of mediocrity," Rucci told design students at the San Francisco Academy of Art University. Beginning in the early 2000s, Galanos attended most of Rucci's shows in New York and Paris. "I thought what he was doing was really terrific," Galanos told Cathy Horyn of The New York Times in 2002, "he has the same kind of concept that I had – beautiful details that you don't see in ready-to-wear." "Ralph Rucci makes clothes like no one else, taking pains to make things that are beautifully finished," he told Harper's Bazaar in 2004. On his side, Rucci considers Galanos a major influence in his work and a continuing inspiration. "If we were in Japan, we'd have an expression and call [Galanos] our national living treasure," Rucci told a group of distinguished guests that included Nancy Reagan, Betsy Bloomingdale and Peggy Moffitt, at an event honoring Galanos at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
"While he officially retired in 1998," wrote Alix Browne in The New York Times, "he shows no signs of falling out of fashion." Galanos's vintage gowns remain chic, sought after and popular among the international jet-set, Hollywood stars and supermodels, and have been seen on such notable women as Celine Dion, Renée Zellweger, Nicole Kidman, Jessica Alba, Heidi Klum, Tatiana Sorokko, Amber Valletta, Christina Ricci, Ashley Olsen and Katie Holmes, among many others.
Having reinvented himself as an abstract photographer, in 2006, at age 82, Galanos's first exhibition of photography was held to great acclaim at the Serge Sorokko Gallery in San Francisco. The show featured more than 40 photographs taken by Galanos over the previous several years. The works were mostly abstract, with the notable exception of a few mystical, mirror-effect enigmatic landscapes. Much like fashion design, his photography revolved around material, shape and color. The subjects were crafted by Galanos out of paper or fabric and then photographed in evocative light, creating subtle variations of tone and shading.
Awards and recognition
Galanos was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1982. He won a host of awards during his career, including the Coty Fashion Award in both 1954 and 1956. He was inducted into the Coty Hall of Fame in 1959. His other honors included the Crystal Ball Award from The Fashion Group of Philadelphia, 1963; the Fashion Award from the Drexel Institute of Technology, 1965; the London Sunday Times International Award, 1968; the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Golden 44 Award, 1980; a Diploma di Merita from the Universita delle Arte Terme, Italy, 1981. Galanos also received the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America Lifetime Achievement Award in 1985. In the year 2000, the City of New York began honoring American fashion designers by placing bronze plaques along the pavement of Seventh Avenue. Dubbed the "Fashion Walk of Fame", Galanos was one of the first designers to be so honored. In 2007, he became the recipient of the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award, and one year later, in 2008, he received a Doctor of Philosophy degree honoris causa from the San Francisco Academy of Art University.
Galanos was the subject of numerous museum solo exhibitions, and his designs are in the permanent collections of important museums worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, U.K, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in Los Angeles, Musée Galliera in Paris, France, the Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, N.Y., the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, N.Y. and the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, California, to name a few.
Galanos' career spanned more than half a century. "To James Galanos, fashion is all about making women look beautiful," wrote Anne-Marie Schiro in The New York Times, "and he has devoted 44 years of his life to designing clothes to that end." He "was always a hero to all those who worshiped at the feet of fashion, not just those who wore the clothes", wrote Bernardine Morris in an introduction to the catalogue of Galanos' retrospective exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1996. "He was heralded as the equal of any of the mythic group of French designers who represented the apotheosis of fashion. The difference, then and now, is that Galanos' clothes were ready-to-wear; the French Haute Couture made custom clothes. In this, he is truly an American designer. For, in this country, it is ready-to-wear that dominates fashion, a lesson the French learned after he pointed the way. This may be James Galanos' major contribution to the fashion world: he brought brilliance and quality to styles meant to be bought off the rack"
Galanos died on October 30, 2016 at the age of 92.
Museum exhibitions (partial list)
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
- Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, N.Y.
- Kent State University Museum, Kent, Ohio
- Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y.
- Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
- Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
- Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California
- Never Wave at a WAC, 1953
- Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad, 1967
- Ginger in the Morning, 1974
- Protocol, 1984
- Williams, Beryl. Young Faces in Fashion. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1956. ASIN B0007E744Y
- Levin, Phyllis Lee. The Wheels of Fashion. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Company, 1965. ASIN B0007DKMIA
- Bender, Marilyn. The Beautiful People. New York: Coward-McCann, 1967. ASIN B001Q8MM7O
- Vecchio, Walter. Riley, Robert. The Fashion Makers: A Photographic Record. New York: Bookthrift Co, 1968. ISBN 978-0-517-00541-5
- Watkins, Josephine Ellis. Who's Who in Fashion. New York: Fairchild Publications, 1975. ASIN B000MBSMYS
- Waltz, Barbara, and Morris, Bernardine. The Fashion Makers. New York: Random House, 1978. ISBN 978-0-394-41166-8
- Houck, Catherine. The Fashion Encyclopedia. New York: St. Martins Press, 1982. ISBN 978-0-312-28401-5
- Diamonstein, Barbaralee. Fashion: The Inside Story. New York: Rizzoli, 1985. ISBN 978-0-8478-0610-2
- Milbank, Caroline Rennolds. Couture: The Great Designers. New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1985. ISBN 978-0-941434-51-5
- Milbank, Caroline Rennolds. New York Fashion: The Evolution of American Style. New York: Abrams, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8109-2647-9
- Gold, Annalee. 90 Years of Fashion. New York: Fairchild Publications, 1990. ISBN 978-0-87005-680-2
- Bradley, Barry Galanos. Cleveland: Western Reserve Historical Society, 1996. ISBN 0-911704-47-7
- Stegemeyer, Anne. Who's Who in Fashion. New York: Fairchild Publications, 2003. ISBN 978-1-56367-247-7
- Loring, John. Galanos, James. Lambert, Eleanore Tiffany in Fashion: A Study of American Fashion and Fashion Photography, 1933–2003. New York: Abrams, 2003. ISBN 978-0-8109-4637-8
- Sewell, Dennita. Extending the Runway: Tatiana Sorokko Style. Moscow: Russian Fashion Museum, 2010. ISBN 978-0-615-34760-8
- Morrow, Suzanne Stark, The World of James Galanos. Architectural Digest, October 1981
- Talley, André Leon, A Certain Quality: Galanos. Vogue, April 1985
- Batterberry, Ariane and Michael, The Loner, Connoisseur. May 1985
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- Moore, Booth (June 21, 2009). "Los Angeles struts at the Fashion Designers of America Awards". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
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- "The Traphagen School: Fostering American Fashion". Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Retrieved December 1, 2019.
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- "Fashion Icon James Galanos to Speak at the Palm Springs Art Museum" (PDF). Palm Springs Art Museum Official website. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
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- Morris, Bernardine (February 28, 1989). "Galanos and Scaasi: A Vivid Spring; A Master of Chiffon". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "Bill Travilla; James Galanos; Bud Kilpatrick; Bill Pierson; Werle; Helen Rose". Life magazine. July 1, 1959. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- Magsaysay, Melissa (October 17, 2008). "L.A. Fashion Week's most dedicated follower". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- Morris, Bernardine (February 23, 1988). "Galanos: Perfection, and Lots of It". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- Morris, Bernardine (June 6, 1987). "Galanos Shapes Fur Like Fabric". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- Schiro, Anne-Marie (August 28, 1990). "The Galanos Style: In a Word, Glamorous". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- O'Reilly, Jane (May 13, 1985). "American Scene in Texas: Ostentation Meets Elegance". Time. New York. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "Photo Essay: Nancy Reagan's Stylish State Dinners". PBS NewsHour Official website. January 23, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "First Ladies' Inaugural Gowns". InStyle.com Official website. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
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- Hagwood, Rod (December 2007). "James Galanos: Height of Elegance". Palm Springs Life magazine. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "Galanos Standouts: James Galanos on Fashion Icons". Palm Springs Life magazine. December 2007. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- Hawkins, Timothy (March 1, 1991). "DESIGNER AWARDS : The Winners Are . . . Short, Simple Looks". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- Morris, Bernardine (November 23, 1993). "Roehm and Saks Make Music". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
- Laher, Irene (February 20, 1994). "Eyes on a Cosmic Prize : Arianna Huffington wants to do more than help her husband win a seat in the Senate. She is also trying to raise politics to a higher plane". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- Duka, John (February 16, 1982). "Notes on Fashion". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
- Wilson, Eric. "GALANOS: OUT OF HIS SHELL," Women's Wear Daily, June 11, 2002, U.S. Retrieved March 8, 2011.
- "Fashion Scoops: Batteries Not Included... Letting It Rip... Speed Demons..." Women's Wear Daily. April 29, 2008. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- Horyn, Cathy (May 7, 2002). "One Day on Welfare, the Next He's Showing in Paris". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
- Middleton, Wiliaml (April 2004). "The Rise of Ralph Rucci.", Harper's Bazaar, U.S. Retrieved March 8, 2011.
- "Fashion Scoops: Points East... Honoring Galanos... Starry Night..." Women's Wear Daily. October 19, 2007. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- Browne, Alix (August 16, 2009). "James Galanos | L.A. Couturier". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- Herman, Valli (February 26, 2007). "Red carpet standouts". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
- Moon Gaynor, Violet (January 11, 2009). "Going Against the Fashion Grain". Elle. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
- Saeks, Diane (March 30, 2010). "Truly Glam!". Thestylesaloniste.com. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
- "Amber Valetta.The Costume Institute's "Model As Muse" Gala". Style.com. May 2003. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "Chopard Celebrates 150 Years Of Excellence – Christina Ricci In Vintage Galanos". Redcarpet-fashionawards.com. April 30, 2010. Retrieved March 7, 2011.
- "Ashley Olsen". People. November 26, 2007. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "Scene". Daily Front Row. July 23, 2007. Archived from the original on September 12, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- Wilson, Eric (September 28, 2006). "Galanos at 82: The Latest Take". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
- Zinko, Carolyn (September 17, 2006). "Classic fashion designer James Galanos finds salvation – for now – in creating art". San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
- "He's the fashion icon behind the styles of Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Nancy Reagan – now about to celebrate his 82-nd birthday, James Galanos is changing his career!" (PDF). ABC KGO-TV. September 19, 2006. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "Coty Award". Coty-award.co.tv. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award". Life magazine. October 18, 2007. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "Academy of Art University's Graduation Fashion Show Wows San Francisco". Academy of Art University. Official website. 2008. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "Works of Art". Metropolitan Museum of Art Official website. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "A Passion for Perfection: James Galanos, Gustave Tassell, Ralph Rucci". Philadelphia Museum of Art Official website. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "James Galanos: American Luxury". Kent State University Museum. Official website. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "Historic Costume & Textiles Collection". Ohio State University. Official website. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "James Galanos cocktail dress, c. 1955". FIDM Museum. Official website. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
- "A Memento of the Reagan Years?". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. January 19, 1989. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
- Goodwin, Betty (February 7, 1986). "Designer's Garment Joins Art Collection: David Hayes Ensemble to Go to Costume Dept. of L.A. County Museum". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
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