Everyone Thought He Had Made the Famous Gown. It Was His Wife.

This fall, the Metropolitan and three other museums give female designers their due.

It is one of those ironies rarely discussed in the fashion industry — that a world focused largely on catering to (or exploiting, depending on how you look at it) the dreams and identity of women is run mostly by men.

Men run the biggest luxury groups; men make up the largest percentage of the chief executives; and for years the most celebrated designers who take their bows at the end of the runways of the biggest global brand names were men.

To a certain extent, that dynamic has finally begun to shift: In 2016, Dior named its first

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