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 Glamorous gowns get invited to the best parties. If a glamorous gown is extra-special and behaves properly, it may eventually be invited to grace a museum exhibition, too.

Designers whose gowns achieve that pinnacle are often long-established and maybe even grey-haired before snagging such acclaim.

Not so, Kate Brierley who opened her Isoude atelier in 2009. That same year the
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, a preeminent repository of the art and artisanship of the clothing world, chose one of her remarkable handpainted gowns for its permanent collection. In 2010, the same museum showcased a second gown in its exhibit Eco Fashion: Going Green.

You're probably wondering, "What makes a museum-worthy garment?"
  
In this case, an elegant and timeless design carefully and locally handcrafted, made from sustainably produced silk hand-dyed with non-toxic natural dyes, and responsibly decorated with mother-of-pearl appliques cut from by-product shell.

Museums, too, strive to document multiple aspects of the complex world we live in. Throwaway, fast fashion has become epidemic in that world. Kate's subtle, refined chic represents a welcome and necessary antidote.

But "museum-worthy" or not, you can always choose something from her Isoude collection just because you look and feel beautiful when you wear it.