A Feel For Fashion: Adam Leja
From Poland, Adam Leja is an art historian who applies his knowledge to fashion, specifically to Haute Couture. He is an avid collector with an archive of upwards 5,000 items, from 1860 to today and mostly from French Haute Couture. As he told CNN in 2019, “I only buy French Couture pieces because, for me, the history of fashion began in France.” A consultant for museums and private collectors, assisting with their fashion acquisitions, Leja is also a member of several institutions including The Association of Art Historians in Poland, the Confédération Internationale des Négociants en Oeuvres d’Art, Société Européenne de Culture and The Association of Polish Antiquarians and Art Dealers. The most valuable pieces he owns are vintage designs from Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, and a rare House of Worth Couture gown from 1910.