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found converts?

Postby pdh0224 » Sun Oct 03, 2004 3:26 am

Dear teacher,

Mr. Beene was American fashion's most paradoxical designer: a technician who stood shoulder to shoulder with the great French couturiers; a modernist who consistently defied those technical conventions; a Southern gentleman who found converts among New York's high priestesses of art and society yet refused to kowtow to the industry's bible, Women's Wear Daily, with which he had a long feud.

Q : I think the meaning of the bold part is that he is popular with New York's high priestesses of art and society, isn't it?


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Re: found converts?

Postby EC » Tue Oct 12, 2004 1:21 am

pdh0224 wrote:Mr. Beene was American fashion's most paradoxical designer: a technician who stood shoulder to shoulder with the great French couturiers; a modernist who consistently defied those technical conventions; a Southern gentleman who found converts among New York's high priestesses of art and society yet refused to kowtow to the industry's bible, Women's Wear Daily, with which he had a long feud.

Q : I think the meaning of the bold part is that he is popular with New York's high priestesses of art and society, isn't it?

Yes, more or less. A convert is someone who has changed his/her adherence to some movement, usually religion. A convert to Christianity is someone who has become a Christian. NY's "high priestesses" of art and society were converted to Mr Beene's ideas.

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