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Barbizon Hotel (Barbizon 63)

  • US.20220318.097
  • [non-DACS actor]
  • 1927-

The Barbizon (known since 2005 as Barbizon 63), is a building located at 140 East 63rd Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City. It was for many decades a female-only residential hotel for young women who came to New York City for professional opportunities.

Barentzen, Patrick de

  • US.20181005-007
  • Person

Patrick de Barentzen was an Italian fashion designer working in the mid-20th century. His couture salon opened in 1958. In 1968, de Barentzen debuted a collection inspired by the 1940s, three years before Yves Saint Laurent would do so in Paris.

Barker, Bob, 1923-

  • US.20210314.53
  • Person
  • 1923-

Robert William Barker is an American retired television game show host best know for hosting CBS's The Price Is Right from 1972 to 2007.

Barneys New York

  • Corporate body
  • 1923-2019

Barneys New York was founded in 1923 by Barney Pressman in New York City as a men's clothing store. Barney's son, Fred, transformed the store into a luxury retail destination by introducing designers such as Hubert de Givenchy and Pierre Cardin to their customers. Barneys introduced women's clothing and accessories to their stock in the 1970s. The company filed for bankruptcy in the mid-1990s. Since then, they've undergone a series of owners. In 2019 Barneys shuttered for good, with its name being licensed by Saks Fifth Avenue.

Barr, Neal

  • US.20220318.088
  • Person
  • 1932-

Barrows, Stanley

  • US.20200918.021
  • Person
  • [1915]-1995

The Texas born Stanley Barrows was an instructor and mentor in interior design. Stanley Burrows was an interior design educator who taught history of interior design and decoration with an emphasis on the 17th and 18th centuries at Parsons from 1946 through 1968. He later taught at FIT starting in 1968, and acted as chair of Interior Design from 1979 until his retirement in 1985. In his youth, Barrows had been studying art history at Parsons, but was unfortunately interrupted when he was drafted in the military for World War II, where he serviced as a photoreconnaissance officer. He received an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Parsons in 1993. Stanley Barrows passed away on January 31st, 1995.

Barrows, Sydney Biddle

  • US.20200804.014
  • Person
  • 1952-

Sydney Biddle Barrows (1952 - ), a direct descendent of Mayflower passengers, operated a high-class escorting service in New York from 1979 to 1984, becoming later known as the 'Mayflower Madame.' An alumna of FIT, Barrows now works as a business consultant and writer.

Barthet, Jean

  • US.20210820.008
  • Person
  • 1930–2000

Bass, Barbara

  • US.20181109-005
  • Person

Barbara Bass joined Bloomingdale's in 1980 as Operating Vice President for Branch Store Merchandising and remained with the company for almost seven years. Before coming to Bloomingdale's, Bass had worked for Burdine's, another division of Bloomingdale's parent company, Federated Department Stores. In April 1985, Bass was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager at Bloomingdale's. This interview takes place roughly one month before Bass was named Chairperson and CEO of San Francisco's I. Magnin & Company, another division of Federated. While she praised Bloomingdale's equal treatment of women in the workplace, her new role at I. Magnin & Co. made her the first female CEO of any of the Federated divisions.

Bauer, Bruce

  • US.20220318.078
  • Person
  • 1944 July 5

Baz, Ben-Hur

  • US.20210820.009
  • Person
  • 1906-2003

Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980

  • US.20180702.006
  • Person
  • 1904-1980

Sir Cecil Beaton was born in London in 1904. Beaton attended St. John's College, although he never graduated. He signed a contract with Condé Nast to supply Vogue with fashion photographs in 1930. He photographed royalty, movie stars, fashion designs, and cultural elites. His first book, The Book of Beauty, was published in 1930, followed by dozens more which became a platform for him to show off his talent for illustrating. Beaton produced costumes and sets for both stage and screen, winning three academy awards, two for Best Costume Design (Gigi in 1958 and My Fair Lady in 1964) and one for Best Art Direction (My Fair Lady in 1964). Queen Elizabeth II knighted Beaton in 1972.

Beebe, Susan

  • US.20200125.012
  • Person

Susan Beebe was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She attended the Parsons School of Design in New York. Shortly after graduating in 1980, the then-23 year old designer received an order for four hand knit sweaters from both Bergdorf Goodman and another high-end New York department store. She was known for her sweaters, often in angora and always with some sort of trimming; as a student, she won the Oscar de la Renta Thimble Award for a feathered angora sweater. By 1981, Beebe had her designs in boutiques and department stores across both the country and the Atlantic. Her career seems to have stalled in the early 1980s, with no mention of her after a 1981 New York Times article.

Beene, Geoffrey

  • US.20200201.001
  • Person
  • 1927-2004

American fashion designer. A modernist, Beene’s inventive geometric cuts and in-depth understanding of the human body made him one of the most innovative designers of the 20th century.

In deference to a family tradition, Beene enrolled as a pre-med student at Tulane University in 1943, despite his childhood penchant for fashion. While at Tulane, Beene was notoriously caught sketching the gowns designed by Hollywood costumer Adrian in his anatomy book. Three years later, he withdrew from Tulane University and moved to Los Angeles, where he became employed in the display department of the store I. Magnin. In 1947, he moved to New York to study at the Traphagen School of Fashion, but having concluded that the focus of postwar fashion had shifted to France, Beene transferred to Paris’s Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Parisienne the following year. During his two years at that institution, he also studied life drawing at Académie Julian, and in the evenings was apprenticed to a master tailor for the couturier Edward Molyneux. As an apprentice, Beene honed his skills in construction and cut, acquiring in turn an appreciation for subtle elegance that would become a key element of his designs in the years to come.

By 1951, Beene had returned to New York. In 1952, he began his fashion career in earnest as the in-house designer for Harmay. His design talents were soon recognized by Harper’s Bazaar editor Carmel Snow, who selected one of his dresses to be featured in the magazine. In 1963, immediately following an eight-year turn with the design house Teal Traina, Beene launched his own company, Geoffrey Beene Inc., on Seventh Avenue. Beene’s awareness of a woman’s desire to express her individuality through dress gained further prominence in his designs, and he began experimenting with his ‘architectural’ dresses, loose-fitting garments that belied their heavily structured interiors. By the late 1960s, Beene’s fascination with popular culture began to influence his work and his collections increasingly reflected a modern sensibility. Iconic designs produced during this period, such as his sequined football jersey dresses (1967), the ‘Gangster’ collection (1968) and evening dresses crafted from sweatshirt fabric introduced a relaxed spirit to the world of high fashion, marking the beginning of Beene’s design evolution.

Beene became one of the first American designers to produce a secondary line of more affordable clothing, when in 1971 he launched his Beene Bag label. At this point in his career Beene began to rethink the relationship between clothing and modern living. Believing that the body should define the shape of a garment, Beene used less structured fabrics, such as jersey, to produce softer and more fluid designs. However, these designs were widely criticized by a skeptical American fashion press. In 1976, aware that European endorsement would promote acceptance of his designs at home, Beene became the first American ready-to-wear designer to show his collections in Europe, where they were well received.

It was not until the early 1980s that Beene initiated what he called his ‘true glorification of the body’. Through unique cuts, seaming techniques, sheer panels and color changes that served to accentuate specific areas, he focused his designs on parts of the female body seldom considered. Incorporating the use of triangular panels in his 1984 collection, Beene presented a novel method to alternatively reveal and conceal the body. These geometric cuts sculpted the body while permitting more fluid movement. His single seam and curved seam dresses, produced during the mid-1980s, remain among his most significant contributions to fashion. Beene’s pairing of contrasting fabrics, such as melton wool and point d’esprit lace, was quickly established as a design trademark, giving his designs a playful, irreverent quality. Through careful refinement of such methods, the progression of Beene’s innovative design techniques and ideas continued into the 1990s (see fig.).

Beene defied conventions throughout his lengthy career, forging his own path until his death in 2004. His fashion shows, for example, featured dancers in avant-garde presentations intended to accentuate the kinetic qualities of his garments rather than showcase supermodels on a catwalk. Often overlooked by the media, Beene’s contributions to the world of fashion were nonetheless honored with eight Coty Awards, and three museum retrospectives: in 1988 at Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland and the National Academy of Design in New York, and in 1992 at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Other honors included the Neiman Marcus Award (1965), the Marshall Field Distinction of Design Award (1975), the CFDA Designer of the Year award (1986/87) and an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design (1992). Indeed, his original designs have proven to be timeless classics for the independent woman.


  • US.20190412.003
  • Corporate body
  • 1890-

Founded around 1890, the fashion house Beer was one of the four oldest in Paris, its only predecessors being Worth, Doucet, and Paquin. Designer Gustave Beer’s design philosophy was “conservative elegance for conservative customers,” which included the who’s who of international royalty. The former Czarina of Russia and queens of Belgium, Italy and Romania were patrons of the house, which was reputed to have the highest prices in Paris. The house was especially known for their evening gowns, rich embroideries, furs and lingerie. Founder, Gustave passed away in 1908 after which time Beer continued under the direction of Paul Trimbach and Monsieur Pierre, who served as the head designer into the 1920s.Merged with Drecoll in 1929 under the name Drecoll-Beer. Drecoll-Beer merged with House of Agnes in 1931, dropped Beer from name.

Bel Geddes, Barbara

  • US.20200418.023
  • Person
  • 1922-2005

Barbara Bel Geddes (1922-2005) was an American stage, film, and television actress. She made her acting debut in 1941, performing on Broadway in the show "Out of the Frying Plan." Six years later, she starred in her first film "The Long Night." She was nominated for an academy award a year later for the film "I Remember Mama." Her biggest success on stage came in 1955 in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Modern audiences may best remember Bel Geddes for her role as Jimmy Stewart's character's ex-fiance Midge Wood in Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo." Barbara Bel Geddes continued acting until 1990, retiring after a successful run on the T.V. show "Dallas."

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