In a sartorial version of hating the sin but loving the sinner, it is possible to appreciate the swanky, alluring clothes at the Met Costume Institute's latest exhibit, "Blithe SpiritThe Windsor Set," while detesting the people who wore them. "Blithe Spirit" concerns itself with a variety of couture frocks worn by the hard-partying haute bourgeoisie who frolicked in Britain and France in the 1930sthat gay period of devastating economic depression just before the Second World War. Though an impressive roster of titled and monied characters flit through the exhibit, by far the most famous are the duke and duchess of Windsor, two trim, tiny people obsessed with the... More >>>
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The duchess of Windsor in her Mainbocher wedding dress: Klein's knocked it off for $8.90.