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© Hong An Doan

 Fashion fades, only style remains the same. – Coco Chanel

My maternal aunt was a fashionista in the best sense – she wore what suited her regardless of the trends. She had a penchant for couture clothes and became a great fan of the I. Magnin & Company label when she lived in San Francisco beginning in the late 1950s. Being an accomplished seamstress, she often copied the store’s designer gowns right down to the smallest details of construction, fastening, and underskirting.

She never received guests or left the house without being perfectly attired, coiffed, and made-up. Consequently, all the photographs of her portray a beautifully turned out woman – even as an octogenarian.

Model: Lauren DiMarco