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VICKY TIEL began designing clothes forty years ago in Paris and still owns a boutique there, as well as dedicated mini-boutiques in Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. In fall 2010 she launched a line of cocktail dresses and special occasion wear sold through department stores nationwide. Her memoir, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DRESS: What I Learned in 40 Years about Men, Women, Sex, and Fashion was published by St. Martin’s Press in August 2011.

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Artists, Assume the World Is Waiting for You

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 1:50 PM

Fifty years ago this week, I was twenty and I showed the mini dress in Paris Couture with my best friend Mia.

How and why did two American girls have the COURAGE to cross the Atlantic in May 1964 on an ocean-liner and think France was waiting for their...

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Diversity Is the Name of the Fashion Game for 2014

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 12:49 PM

Diversity is the name of the fashion game for 2014. I counted 12 entirely different body shapes on women in New York's Penn Station this morning as I went to work on a hot July morning on 7th Ave. The ladies were moving fast going to work, but I managed...

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If You Love YSL and Paris Fashion You Must Read This Juicy Story

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 4:22 PM

It's 2007 and YSL, Pierre Berge, Sonia Rykiel, Emmanuelle Khahn and myself, all old and wrinkled and not so fabulous anymore are all seated par hazard on the same banquette in Paris. We were all five, by accident, eating at the Brasserie Lipp. It's impossible, but true. I thought I'd...

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$Art Has Taken Over the Art World

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 2:34 PM

$Art has taken over the art world; what's a real artist to do?

Contemporary Art is now $Art, and we fine Artists and fine art lovers don't have to take it anymore!

Don't call it contemporary art, call it contemporary non-art, or $Art, and I will say, "Hoorah!"
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Where to Find Your Second Husband?

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 12:18 AM

Where to find your second husband, and it's not online.

Finding husband number two, three or four is very different from finding husband number one as your first husband is made up of innocent dreams and idealistic expectations. Husbands after number one are a whole other ball game.

I have...

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Celebrating 50 Years in Fashion

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 1:00 PM

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I am celebrating 50 years in fashion in 2014 and am today the longest lasting female designer in Paris and America. HOW? How did I last? By what Miracle am I still sewing Vicky Tiel in the back of dresses.

It's...

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Which Marriage Type Are You?

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM

There are two types of marriages, the piggy back marriage or the marriage with two people side by side but each on separate paths. Side by siders can't piggy back, their paths can separate, often for very wide distances and then suddenly they flow back together. I know I'm one...

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Children Are Changing the World!

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 10:45 AM

Children are changing the world. I call this new generation the selfie generation.

My generation, the wonderful sixties revolutionary generation, has returned in spirit today with a new name -- the selfie generation. The selfie has the power, the ambition and the tools to radically change the world.

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A Magical Miracle Just Happened to Me and I Have to Share It

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 3:45 PM

A magical miracle just happened to me when a turquoise blue ostrich feather fell from heaven and landed on my upstate New York mountaintop cabin doorstep.

I had been up in the log cabin alone for a week designing dresses and resting for my next HSN TV appearance. I...

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Ed Baynard: An Artist Fighting Against the Ugly Art Trend

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 5:31 PM

Beauty in art is in the eye of the beholder and today the beholder loves ugly. I have spent a life of loving art and am sad to comment that today contemporary art (more than any other period of human time) loves ugly.

Van Gogh and Rembrandt had very sad...

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If You Want to Look French Chic This Fall, Ladies Buy a Little Red Coat

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 11:56 AM

Paris shop windows have been invaded by sixties style little red coats. They brighten up the grey tweeds and Mondrian color block stripe patterns of the big coats of last year.
They are worn mini sixties style, four inches above the knee, with classic set in sleeves and...

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70 Is the New 45

(6) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 3:11 PM

70 is the new 45. I should know; I just celebrated my 70th birthday with a gift to myself -- a week in Paris all alone, just to eat, look at the fashion in the windows and art in the galleries and to photograph it all for memory's sake.

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My Recent Visit to the Irving Penn Exhibit "Assignment"

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 1:15 PM

My recent visit to the Irving Penn exhibit "Assignment " at Pace McGill gallery in NY was a real shock. I expected to see Penn's famous Vogue photos of his wife Lisa, and his favorite model Jean Patchett and his colored still life's, but I certainly did not expect to...

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A Green Can Opener Sold in 1977 Opened the World to Home Shopping

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 2:44 PM

An avocado green can electric opener sold on the radio in Clearwater Florida in 1977 was the birth of at-home shopping. I was dumbfounded when I learned this fact at my first class of "How to Sell on TV" taught in St Petersburg, Florida by Bob Circosta at his corporate...

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The Sexual Revolution Started in the Late Fifties in Paris with Two Movies and Two Big Movie Stars

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 11:25 AM

The sexual revolution started in the late fifties in Paris with two movies and two big movie stars: Brigitte Bardot in And God Created a Woman in 1956 and Jean Paul Belmondo in Breathless in 1959.

Brigitte had real sex (to completion) on camera with her co star and...

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There Is No Grey in Paris Fashion This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 3:48 PM

There is no grey in Paris fashion this summer, only black and white and vivid colors; fushia, magenta, cobalt, lime, tangerine, and rose red.

There are magnificent prints; Sweet English flowers, Icat, African, Tropical, Liberty, Delft Dishes, Splashes of Neon color and even Zuber wallpaper scenes for pants.

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Fashion Historians and Fashionistas Take Note

(2) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 2:45 PM

Fashion Historians & Fashionistas take note: The mystery of who "invented" or who "created" the wrap dress is forever solved.

You might ask "Does it matter in the scheme of things?" Well, Irving Penn once said "You know you're good when they take your ideas," and Louis Feraud added, "Ideas...

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A Truly Handsome African American Was the Fashion Genius Behind Hermes in Paris. Who knew?

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 3:10 PM

Very few people ever knew that a black American from Brooklyn via South Carolina was the fashion genius behind the original Hermes in the glamour years of Princess Grace and the '60s.

Jimmy Gibbez, whose movie star good looks managed to help bridge the race rage of the early '50s...

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If You Want Happiness for a Lifetime, Read This!

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 11:59 AM

I have a secret weapon, a happiness "go to" trick that never fails. My "Incredible Lightness of Being" secret.

1. Find a "go to" place near by where you live that has thick, soft, green grass.
2. Take off your shoes and step on the grass barefoot.
3....

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Dear Martha Stewart, Are You Looking for a Man? I Can Help You!

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Dear Martha,

Are you looking for a man? I can help you!

It's been years since we were girlfriends, but I really know how to find men and it's so simple, as they are everywhere!
    
I've been explaining, "How to get a man,"...

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