November 24, 2020

Snoopy and Belle Get Dressed Up by Designers

Not about to be left out in the doghouse during New York Fashion Week, the latest installment of “Snoopy & Belle in Fashion” is on view at Brookfield Place.
Oscar de la Renta’s Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, Tony Award-winning costume designer Paul Tazewell, Betsey Johnson and Livelihood designer Ashley Biden have whipped up the newest additions featured in the monthlong downtown show. The simply spoken, colorful characters created by Charles M. Schulz have had many incarnations, due predominantly to 1,000-plus licenses. Off-duty from her role as head of the Charles M. Schulz Museum, the artist’s widow Jeannie Schulz said, “The staying power of Peanuts is that it encompasses all of the things we have to deal with as humans — fear, insecurity, we all know, but also great joy.”
She continued, “The staying power of this particular fashion exhibit is partially because Snoopy is such an engaging character. He has such multiple personalities — the sly dog, the arrogant dog, the dog who only wants a supper dish. What Snoopy represents is what we would all like to be. This character who steps out into the world and sort of takes it over with the happy dance for spring and shows

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