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US.20200923.001 · Corporate body

Biagiotti is an Italian fashion brand founded by Laura Biagiotti (1943 - 2017) in 1972. The New York Times has referred to Laura Biagiotti as the Cashmere Queen. Biagiotti's manufacturing was moved to China 1988. Laura Biagiotti's daughter, Lavinia Biagiotti Cigna, became Vice President of the company in 2005. The brand was recognized by the Italy-USA Foundation in 2011, being awarded the America Award.

Bianchini-Férier (Firm)
US.20190412.006 · Corporate body · 1889-

The textile firm was founded in 1889 in the city of Lyon—the center of French luxury textile production since the days of Louis XIV. Bianchini-Férier set the industry standard with innovative and novel fabrics and cultivated a close relationship with the couture industry. Many of their most innovative fabrics, such as silk charmeuse and crepe georgette, were designed specifically for their use in couture gowns. From 1912 to 1928, the company collaborated with artist and designer Raoul Dufy whose bold, distinctive patterns often played out within the pages of Gazette du bon ton. The company survives to this day, albeit under a different name: in 1992, it was taken over by Tissages Bauman and later by Cédric Brochier.

Bienenfeld, Marvin
US.20200923.002 · Person

Marvin Bienenfeld is the son of Morris Bienenfeld who founded the Bestform company in 1924. Marvin Bienenfeld became president of the Bestform company in the late 1990s.

Bill Blass Limited
US.20210825.001 · Corporate body · 1970-present

American fashion house, later became Bill Blass Group

Bishop, Hazel, 1906-1998
US.20200715.015 · Person · 1906-1998

Hazel Bishop was a chemist and invented the first long-lasting lipstick. In late 1948, she co-founded her company, Hazel Bishop, Inc., to manufacture her lipstick. In 1954, she left the company and became a consultant to the National Association of Leather Glove Manufacturers where she developed "Leather Lav," a leather glove cleaner in 1955. In 1957, she created a solid perfume stick called Perfemme. She became a professor at FIT in 1978, teaching in the cosmetics, fragrances, and toiletries department. Bishop helped develop a curriculum whose focus included marketing and merchandising principles, advertising, promotion, and publicity campaign concepts, and product knowledge. She was appointed to the Revlon Chair in Cosmetics Marketing in 1980. She stopped teaching in 1986, though she remained involved with the Fashion Institute as a consultant.

US.20181012-009 · Person · 1897-1983

Mona von Bismarck was born Edmona Travis Strader in Louisville in 1897. Much of her fortune came from her ex-husbands. Her third husband, Harrison Williams (1873–1953), was one of the richest men in the U.S. in the 1920s. Mona used her husbands' wealth to keep up with the latest fashions. French designers named her the "Most Fashionable Woman in the World" in 1933. Mona Travis Strader Williams was the muse of Cristóbal Balenciaga. After losing much of her wardrobe in a train accident, she famously ordered 150 pieces from Balenciaga. Salvador Dalí painted her in 1943. Her title "von Bismarck" came from her fourth husband, Count Edward von Bismarck, when the two married in 1955. In 1958, Bismarck was named to Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed Hall of Fame. Mona von Bismarck passed away in 1983.

Bixby Weller, Jane
US.20180702.045 · Person · 1926-

Jane Bixby Weller was educated at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois and Cooper Union in NYC. She worked as a fashion illustrator, producing work for such clients as Marshall Field & Co. and Saks Fifth Ave., among many others. Her illustrations were used by numerous major advertising agencies in the US and abroad and her editorial illustrations appeared in Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. Book illustrations by Weller were used publishing houses like Bantam Books, Avon, and Harcourt Brace & Co. During her career, Weller was recognized with numerous awards from the Chicago Art Directors Club, the NY Art Directors Club, and the Society of Illustrators. In 2001 she was included in the Society of Illustrators' exhibit "Woman Illustrators in America" and in the 2010 exhibit "The Line of Fashion." Weller's work is also included in the Society's Permanent Collection. Weller taught at the Parsons School of Design and retired after a long career as an educator at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

US.20180702.005 · Person · 1965-

Björk is a singer and musician from Reykjavík, Iceland.

Bjornson, Karen
US.2018112-015 · Person · 1952-

Karen Bjornson is a fashion model who has worked in the industry for about 40 years. Born and raised in the Midwestern U.S., Bjornson began modeling in the 1970s when Halston hired her and she became a "house muse." Along with a few other chosen models, Bjornson traveled the world with Halston. The designer was not greedy and encouraged the young model to walk for other designers. Bjornson retired in 1989 to raise her daughters but returned to the runway in 2002, walking for Ralph Rucci. After the Rucci show, Bjornson rejoined the Ford Models agency and has continued to model.

Black Panther Party
US.20200404.030 · Corporate body · 1966-

"The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP) was founded in October 1966 in Oakland, California by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, who met at Merritt College in Oakland. It was a revolutionary organization with an ideology of Black nationalism, socialism, and armed self-defense, particularly against police brutality. It was part of the Black Power movement, which broke from the integrationist goals and nonviolent protest tactics of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The BPP name was inspired by the use of the black panther as a symbol that had recently been used by the Lowndes County Freedom Organization, an independent Black political party in Alabama." ~ The US National Archives and Record Administration

US.20200715.016 · Person · 1821-1910

Elizabeth Blackwell was a British physician, and the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, as well as the first woman on the Medical Register of the General Medical Council. She was a large supporter and advocate for education for women in medicine.

Blahnik, Manolo, 1942-
US.20200314.025 · Person · 1942-

Manolo Blahnik (b. 1942) is a designer and manufacturer of what were called “the sexiest shoes in the world"—beautiful, expensive, and highly coveted by many of the world’s most fashionable women.

Manolo Blahnik was born on 27 November 1942 in the small village of Santa Cruz de la Palma in the Canary Islands, where his family—his Spanish mother, Manuela, his Czechoslovakian father, Enan, and his younger sister, Evangelina—had a banana plantation. Manuela, a voracious consumer of fashion magazines, bought clothes on shopping trips to Paris and Madrid and had the island’s dressmaker copy styles from fashion magazines. She designed her own shoes with the help of the local cobbler.

Manolo Blahnik moved to Geneva at the age of fifteen to live with his father’s cousin. Here he had his first experiences of the theater, opera, and fine restaurants. He studied law for a short period but soon switched to literature and art history. Blahnik left Geneva for Paris in 1965 to study art and theater design. He worked at the trendy Left Bank shop GO, where he met the actress Anouk Aimée and the jewelry designer Paloma Picasso.

With Picasso’s encouragement, Blahnik soon moved to London. While working at Feathers, a trendy boutique, he continued to cultivate his connections to the worlds of fashion and culture and was known for his unique style. But Blahnik was still searching for a specific vocation; the search then took him to New York City.

Blahnik arrived in New York City in 1969. Hired by the store Zapata, he began designing men’s saddle shoes. In 1972 Blahnik was introduced to Ossie Clark, then one of London’s most fashionable designers, who asked him to design the shoes for his women’s collection. While the shoes were not commercially successful, the press noticed their originality of design. Blahnik had no formal training as a shoe maker and initally his designs were structually weak. He consulted with a London shoe manufacture in order to correct his lack of technical skills. Also during this time Blahnik met Diana Vreeland, who declared, “Young man, do things, do accessories. Do shoes” (McDowell, p. 84). This endorsement was seconded by China Machado, the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar. Women’s Wear Daily proclaimed Blahnik “one of the most exotic spirits in London" in 1973, and Footwear News described the Manolo Blahnik shoe on its front page as “the most talked about shoe in London.” Blahnik purchased Zapata from its owner in 1973. In 1978 he introduced a line exclusive to Bloomingdale’s, a well-known American retailer. Blahnik opened a second free-standing store a year later on New York’s Madison Avenue.

Blahnik’s creations received considerable publicity in the early 1980s, but his business was not running smoothly. Searching for alternatives, he was introduced by Dawn Mello, the vice president of Bergdorf Goodman, to an advertising copywriter named George Malkemus. Malkemus and his partner, Anthony Yurgaitis, went into business with Blahnik in 1982. They closed the Madison Avenue shop, opened a store on West Fifty-Fourth Street, and limited the distribution of Blahnik’s shoes to such prestigious retailers as Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, and Neiman Marcus. By 1984 the newspaper USA Today projected earnings of a million dollars for the New York shop alone. Manolo Blahnik shoes began to appear on the runways of designers from Yves Saint Laurent, Bill Blass, and Geoffrey Beene to Perry Ellis, Calvin Klein, Isaac Mizrahi, and John Galliano.

Manolo Blahnik’s shoes became more popular than ever in the early twenty-first century. They appealed to an increasingly broad audience, in part because of their star billing on the television show Sex and the City. With production of “Manolos” limited to 10,000 to 15,000 pairs per month by four factories outside of Milan, the demand for these shoes exceeded the supply.

Manolo Blahnik won three awards from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in the 1980s and 1990s. The first special award was given in 1987; the second, for outstanding excellence in accessory design, in 1990. The third award came with the following tribute in 1997: “Blahnik has done for footwear what Worth did for the couture, making slippers into objects of desire, collectibles for women for whom Barbies are too girlish and Ferraris not girlish enough. An incredible piston in the engine of fashion, there is almost no designer he has not collaborated with, no designer who has not turned to him to transform a collection into a concert.”

The December 2003 issue of Footwear News quoted Alice Rawsthorn, the director of London’s Design Museum, which had been the site of a recent Blahnik retrospective: “Technically, aesthetically and conceptually, he is one of the most accomplished designers of our time in any field, and is undeniably the world’s most influential footwear designer”.

Blair, Mary
US.20220910.003 · Person · 1911-1978

Mary Blair was an artist, animator and set designer best known for her work for Walt Disney. During the 1940s and 50s, Blair animated and led the animation teams which created Disney classics including Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Fantasia and Dumbo among others. She also contributed character, mural and set designs for Disney theme parks including It's a Small World. She later worked as an illustrator for Little Golden Books for children and designed stage sets for theatrical productions.

Blakely, Susie
US.20220318.080 · Person · 1948 September 7-
Blank, Zineta
US.20220318.071 · Person

Zineta Blank is a former model and the founder of Visage International Management, a modeling agency which has represented Carmen Dell’Oreffice, Niki Taylor, Jerry Hall, Maryam d' Abo and Anouk.

Blass, Bill
US.20190730.005 · Person · 1922-2002

Bill Blass was born William Ralph Blass on June 22, 1922 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Blass attended Parsons School of Design at the age of 17. Roughly around the same time, Blass worked as a sketch artist for David Crystal, a Seventh Ave manufacturer. He served three years in the U.S. army during WWII. After the war, he returned to design, first working as an assistant with Anne Klein and ultimately finding work at Anna Miller and Co. in New York. Bill Blass became the head designer for Maurice Rentner in 1959, LTD, after the firm merged with Anna Miller and Co. 11 years later, Blass became sole owner of Rentner and renamed the company after himself. By this time, Blass had already won acclaim in the fashion industry, winning a Coty award in 1968 for his menswear designs. Bill Blass would go on to win two more Coty Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 and the Humanitarian Leadership Award in 1996. From 1979 to 1981, Blass served as the honorary president for the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Bill Blass sold his business in 1999 for a rumoured $50 million. Bill Blass passed away at the age of 79 in 2002.

US.20180702.004 · Person · 1924-2009

Kenneth Paul Block was an American fashion illustrator. He worked as an in-house artist for Fairchild Publications and was featured prominently in their magazines Women's Wear Daily and W. His personal clientele included fashion retailers including Bergdorf-Goodman, Lord &Taylor, and Bonwit-Teller. His long-term life partner was fellow artist and fabric designer Morton Ribyat.

Blodgett, Leslie A.
US.20200923.004 · Person · 1963-

Leslie A. Blodgett (1963 - ) is the founder of Bare Escentuals, a chemical-free makeup company. Blodgett began selling her makeup on QVC because, as she says, she felt "an affinity" with the women who worked on and watched the channel. While the T.V. component of her campaign helped her achieve household name recognition, Blodgett emphasized the importance of personal engagement. Blodgett frequently meets with fans, listens to their wants and needs to better understand what her customers are looking for. In 2010, Blodgett sold her company to Shiseido for nearly $1.7 billion.

Bloomie's Express
US.20200530.002 · Corporate body · 1986

In 1986 Bloomingdale's opened two small stores at JFK Airport in New York called Bloomie's Express.

Bloomingdale's (Firm)
US.20181109-016 · Corporate body · 1860 (date of establishment)

Joseph and Lyman Bloomingdale got their start in the fashion industry in 1860 as the purveyors of ladies' hoop skirts on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. In 1872, they launched a department store called the East Side Bazaar which offered a variety of imported European fashions. Changing the name to Bloomingdales and expanding to 59th St. and Lexington Ave. in 1886, the store became well-known for its large plate glass window displays and dynamic ad campaigns. By the 1920s, Bloomingdales occupied the entire block of its 59th St. location, establishing itself as a premier shopping destination in New York City.

Blotta, Anthony
US.20230719.003 · Person · 1888 - 1971 September

This bio is largely taken from a New York Times obituary:

Born in southern Italy, Mr. Blotta began drawing at the age of 3, and then was sent to instructors. His family wanted him to study for the priesthood, but his answer was to start modeling with clay. His parents disciplined him at 14 by sending him to the United States with a tutor. Attracted by New York, he sent his tutor home and stayed on. Deciding to show his parents he could make good on his own, Mr. Blotta became an apprentice in a dress house. He was 20 years old and foreman of a large firm's work room when he tried his hand at designing. His design drew attention and he opened his own establishment in 1919.

In the early nineteen‐thirties, he designed a pantsuit for Marlene Dietrich, long before such apparel became generally fashionable for women. In 1962, he introduced a collection manufactured in Italy, called Blotta International. He had built a factory In Praia‐a Mare, a town in his native Calabria, to promote industry in the depressed southern regions of the country. “I wanted to help the people there,” he said, “and besides you can't get tailors here.”

Mr. Blotta closed his New York factory at 498 Seventh Avenue several years prior to his death, but continued actively as a consultant in design. Blotta passed away from a heart attack at age 83 while living at the New York Athletic Club.

Board of Trustees
US.20180702.070 · Corporate body · 1951 (date of establishment)

The Board of Trustees of the Fashion Institute of Technology establishes policies governing the college. Subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, the Board appoints the college president, approves curricula, approves budgets, establishes tuition and fees within legal limits, and approves sites and facilities. It is responsible for the care, custody, control and management of the college’s physical facilities. The Board sets policies and delegates to the president or her designees the responsibility for implementing them, including personnel policies; the creation of divisions, departments, and administrative and academic positions; rules governing student conduct; the use of college facilities by outside organizations; the admission of students; and the preparation of the budget. The Board also has such other powers and duties as provided by New York law or prescribed by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

By State law, there are sixteen trustees: eight are appointed by the college’s local sponsor, through the New York City Panel for Educational Policy; seven are appointed by the governor, but must reside in New York City; and one, a student at the college, is elected by the other students of the college. Other than the student trustee, all trustees appointed after August 5, 2003 have seven-year terms; trustees appointed previously had nine-year terms. The student trustee serves for one year but has the same parliamentary privileges, including the right to vote, as the other members. The Board selects its chair from among its voting membership.The first Board of Trustees meeting was held on 1951 November 5 where all oaths of office were administered by Justice Charles D. Breitel, Justice of the Supreme Court, First Judicial District. Dr. Lawrence L. Jarvie served as the first and temporary chair and then Max Meyer served as the first elected chair. Also elected was Mortimer Ritter as President of the College. The first Secretary of the Board was Shirley Goodman. Minutes are produced as a result of each meeting. In the early days of the College, the Board met much more frequently, as often as once a month whereas now, the Board meets four (4) times per year.

Bobbie Brooks, Inc.
US.20220414.011 · Corporate body · 1939-

BOBBIE BROOKS, INC., a leader in the production of women's apparel, was established by MAURICE SALTZMAN and Max Reiter as Ritmore Sportswear, Inc. in a loft in the Bradley Bldg. on W. 6th St. in 1939. Beginning with a $3,000 investment, they built the company into a multi-million dollar operation within the next 15 years. In 1953 Saltzman bought out Reiter's share in the company for $1 million and the firm became Bobbie Brooks, Inc. With offices at 3830 Kelley Ave. and a plant at 2230 Superior Ave., Bobbie Brooks produced and sold stylish clothes for teenage and junior-miss girls, coordinating the styling, colors, and fabrics. Eventually, the company expanded its line to include apparel for women 25-44, and added production divisions in other cities during the 1960s.

However, Bobbie Brooks encountered serious financial difficulties in the early 1980s and filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 in Jan. 1982 in order to reorganize. After the company emerged from bankruptcy, Pubco Corp., a holding company with printing and real estate operations, became a major shareholder in Bobbie Brooks; Pubco's Robert Kanner took over as president in 1985. Though most of the company's production was now carried on in the South, its headquarters remained on Kelley Ave. in Cleveland. In 1986, Bobbie Brooks announced that it would stop making its junior and misses lines, in order to focus on clothing for women. The following year, the company earned $4.3 million on sales of $127.7 million, and founder Maurice Saltzman resigned as company chairman. By 1988 Pubco and Bobbie Brooks were interlocking companies, and in 1992 Pubco acquired majority control of the firm. After acquiring Buckeye Business Products in 1994, Bobbie Brooks continued to diversify. By 2003, the company had interests in retail and commercial printing, and continued to supply women's apparel to department, specialty, and national chain stores.

Body Shop (Firm)
US.20220408.015 · Corporate body · 1976-

Founded in 1976 by the late British environmental and human rights campaigner Dame Anita Roddick, The Body Shop started life as a small outfit in Brighton selling just 25 products. Customers were encouraged to recycle packaging (partly because Roddick didn't have enough bottles at first) and there was a real emphasis on natural ingredients that were ethically sourced and cruelty-free. Now the range consists of over 300 products and there are more than 2500 stores worldwide.

Bohan, Marc
US.2018112.016 · Person · 1926-

Marc Bohan was born in Paris on August 22,1926. His mother, a milliner, encouraged Bohan to go into fashion. Bohan's first design position came in 1945, when he began working as a design assistant at Robert Piguet. Throughout the late 1940s and 1950s, Bohan worked at a both Molyneux (1949-1954) and Patou (1954-1958). After leaving Patou, Bohan attempted to open his own house. Although notices of his first show were favorable, the venture failed due to lack of financial backing. The same year, Bohan began working for Christian Dior, designing their London line of suits. At the age of 35, Bohan replaced Yves Saint Laurent as Christian Dior's Chief Designer in 1960. Dior thrived under Bohan's direction and the company acquired a new generation of customers while maintaining its original, elegant base. Bohan left Dior in 1989 and from 1990 to 1992, he worked as fashion director for Norman Hartnell in London. As of late, Bohan lives in a 18th century house in Burgundy.

Bolegard, Joseph.
US.20210825.002 · Person · 1889-1963

American figure painter, still life painter, and illustrator, active 1922-1939

Bolton, Andrew, 1966-
US.20200715.017 · Person · 1966-

Andrew Bolton is a British-born Museum Curator. Bolton holds a degree in social anthropology from the University of East Anglia. Soon after graduating, Bolton was hired by the V & A Museum in London. Bolton worked at the V & A for nine years, before leaving for New York. In 2002, Bolton was hired as an Associate Curator of the Costume Institute. Three years later, he was promoted to Curator in Charge, following Harold Koda's retirement. While at the MET, Bolton has curated numerous shows, including Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011), China: Through the Looking Glass (2015), Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology (2016), and Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination (2018), the later being the museum's third most visited exhibition ever.

Bonfils, Robert, 1886-1972
US.20210825.003 · Person · 1886-1972

French painter, illustrator, and engraver, 1886-1972

Bonney, Thérèse, 1894-1978
US.20181012-017 · Person · 1894-1978

Thérèse Bonney was an American photographer and journalist working in France during the 20th century. Bonney was born around 1894 in Syracuse, New York. She first came to France in 1919 as part of the first intercontinental student exchange program. Two years later, Bonney received her PhD from the Sorbonne. As a journalist, she covered both the Russian campaign in Finland and later, the Nazi occupation in France. She was a member of the French resistance. After the war, Bonney wrote a column for Le Figaro and founded the first American illustrated press in Europe. Thérèse Bonney passed away in Paris on January 15, 1978 at the age of 83.

Boodey, Web
US.20200923.005 · Person

Web Boodey was a professor working in the Social Science Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Boodey began working at FIT in 1964 doing administrative work related to student community service.

Boot, Jolanda
US.20220318.042 · Person · 1962-
Bosworth, Patricia
US.20200404.042 · Person · 1933-2020

Patricia Bosworth is an American biographer. She began a career in acting, studying with Lee Strasberg in the late 1960s. (Jane Fonda was one of her classmates and Bosworth would later write a biography of the actress.) Bosworth began writing biographies in the late 1970s.

US.20200923.008 · Corporate body

Botany Mills (textile company), Botany 500 (menswear and suit brand)

Bouché, René 1905-1963
US.20200715.018 · Person · 1905-1963

René Bouché was born in Prague September 20, 1905. While in school, Bouché began drawing fashion illustrations for French Vogue, and would continue to do so for most of his life. Bouché is best known for his portraits. Truman Capote, Jean Cocteau, Mrs. William Paley, Lady Astor, and the Duchess of Windsor all sat for him. In addition to painting, Bouché designed stage sets. Bouché passed away in 1963 at the age of 57.

Boué Soeurs
US.20210827.001 · Corporate body · 1899–1957

French fashion house

Boutet de Monvel, Bernard
US.20190412.005 · Person · 1881-1949

Artist Bernard Boutet de Monvel was a respected painter, engraver and illustrator. He was one of the core contributors to Gazette du bon ton referred to as the "Beau Brummells of the Brush," but his statuesque, often-emotionless beauties are found in other fashion publications such as Journal des dames et des modes, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. After the war, he also worked as a society portraitist and interior designer in Europe and the United States.

Bové, June
US.20220325.032 · Person · late 1920s or early 1930s-

June Burns Bové earned an MA from New York University in costume studies. For 20 years a contract employee of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, June is textile conservator for Yeshiva University Museum and has been an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Graduate Studies of Fashion Institute of Technology since 1991, where her specialty is costume exhibition. She has consulted for many museums and institutions and in 2011, the Costume Society of America named her a Fellow of the Society.

Bow, Clara, 1905-1965
US.20180702.020 · Person · 1905-1965

Clara Bow was an American actress who got her start in silent film in the 1920s and successfully made the transition to talkies in 1929. She was nicknamed "The It Girl" following her globally renowned role as a shopgirl in the 1927 film It.

US.20220325.061 · Corporate body · 1894-

The Bowery Mission provides caring and safe Residential Programs for women in crisis to achieve personal goals for life and work, heal from past trauma, and overcome barriers to independent living. All women are invited into a faith-based community committed to practicing hospitality, showing respect, and restoring hope.

Boxer, Leonard
US.20200328.013 · Person · [1923]-2009

Leonard Boxer was born in the Bronx, New York, around 1923. After serving in the U.S. Army during WWII, Boxer worked for fashion manufacturers. In 1976, Boxer answered an ad in WWD and became a founding partner of Liz Claiborne Inc. At Liz Claiborne, Boxer was responsible for dealing with overseas management. Boxer left Claiborne in 1985. In addition to his work in the fashion industry, Boxer taught pattern making at the Mayer School of Fashion Design. Leonard Boxer passed away in 2009 at the age of 86.

Boyd, Harvey
US.20180702.083 · Person · 1942-1994

Harvey T. Boyd was a fashion illustrator, art teacher and painter, working in New York City. Boyd designed for Elizabeth Arden and worked with the Estée Lauder company. From 1968 until his death in 1994, Boyd taught in the art department at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Bozett, John Paul
US.20190403.001 · Person

John Paul Bozett was a fashion designer and illustrator working in the mid-20th century. He was a sketch artist associated with Sophie of Saks Fifth Avenue

US.20240422.001 · Person · 1924-1986

Brader-Ashley was an American fashion illustrator active during the twenty years following World War II. She began her fashion career as a seamstress at Marshall Fields, and in 1943 became a fashion illustrator at the May Co. In 1946 she was offered a fashion illustration position with retailer Cyril Magnin. In 1948 she moved on to Nieman Marcus. In the 1950's she travelled to Europe, free-lanced, and became known for her signature colors: muddy browns, rich khakis, deep olive green and orange. Her work for Joseph Magnin in the 1960's is partly responsible for Women's wear daily honoring the firm with an award for longtime production of the best fashion advertising in the business.

Bradley, Warren K.
US.20220316.001 · Person · 20th and 21st century

Warren K. Bradley is a veteran in the fashion /art industry. Mr. Bradley has worked for such companies as Essence Magazine, WWD, Sportswear Intl., Creare de Sola (Italy), Oscar de la Renta, Girbaud, Indygo/Kenar, Unisa leathers, and many others. As an illustrator, he has worked for Pierre Cardin Menswear, New Yorker Magazine, PBS, CNN, Ruder Finn, and assorted other design/ illustration / consulting accounts. As the first African American Courtroom Artist (for a National network), he created illustrations and on-air graphics for ABC News, Nightline, and has covered high-profile cases such as First Lady Imelda Marcos, Sean (Puffy) Combs, and current President Donald Trump. He has been an educator for many years- teaching at FIT, Art Institute of New York, Parsons School of Design, (where he has taught in each of the 3 fashion divisions - BFA, AAS & Continuing Ed.), as well as having taught various age groups in public schools & workshops. Recently, he has exhibited his artwork and led workshops in galleries and museums, such as Leslie Lohman, and Studio Museum in Harlem.

Braetan and Braefair, Inc.
US.20200923.007 · Corporate body · 1964-1998

Braetan and Braefair, Inc. was a leather manufacturer in New York. The company was in business from 1964 to 1998.

Branch, Clara
US.20230524.004 · Person · late twentieth century (active)

Clara Branch was an alumna of FIT having graduated in 1948. She became a member of the staff and faculty of the Fashion Design Department, and founded the The Soul Club, a student club at FIT, serving as the club’s advisor until her retirement in 1991. The Soul Club is best remembered for its annual standing-room only event, The Soul Fashion Show, which was held at FIT from 1971 through the early 1990s. Branch directed these shows which featured the work of young Black designers and models, and were supported by the larger community of the New York City fashion industry.