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Alfred Fiandaca

“I’m happy being anonymous.”

Those were the words told to us by a man whose designs have been worn for decades by pop culture’s greats, such as, Audrey Hepburn, Julie Andrews, Joan Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Joan Collins, Ann Romney… just to name a few.

The late Alfred Fiandaca became a preferred fashion designer to some of the most affluent women in politics and entertainment in the last half century and whose stylings have become as timeless and beloved as the women who wear them. Before he passed on February 9th in his Palm Beach home at age 72, the East Boston native sat down with us to share his thoughts on his lifetime of achievements. Though, don’t expect any basking in the glory of being a favorite of powerful and beautiful women. Fiandaca was in love with the fashion…not fame.

“I’ve only worked maybe 14 days in my life. Because everyday is a joy. I don’t work. I just do what I do and have a good time doing it,” said Fiandaca.

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[PHOTO CREDIT: Jay Calderin]

I had the exciting opportunity recently to get a sneak peek at the Massachusetts College of Art ‘Voltage’ Senior Fashion Show (while filming a feature for the show…).  It was certainly a daunting task to select whom to highlight, what with all the endless trains of chiffon, tulle, peacock feathers and beads.  Oh, the chaos of completing a collection, only to send an army of leggy models to strut down the runway. Nonetheless, Shalyn Webber’s ombré chartreuse mermaid evening gown was a definite standout and I just couldn’t forget it, so I sat down with Webber to pick her brain about her education, the excitement of presenting her senior collection, and the whirlwind of fashion that awaits her, post graduation.

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