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Bergdorf Goodman (New York, N.Y.)

  • US.20180702.069
  • Corporate body
  • 1901 (date of establishment)

Bergdorf Goodman began as a custom tailoring shop in 1901, named such after Edwin Goodman (1876-1953) bought out his partners in what had previously been the tailoring firm of Bergdorf and Voigt. Goodman had acquired a reputation for immaculate tailoring and an inspired understanding of cut and materials. Bergdorf Goodman expanded into ready-to-wear in 1923, but continued to offer custom clothing and millinery well into the 1960s. It was one of the last department stores to offer this service, indicative of the very wealthy clientele who favored Bergdorf Goodman and placed orders from around the globe. Primary couturier to New York society, Edwin Bergman and the Bergdorf Goodman custom salon also outfitted international royalty, Broadway and Hollywood stars, and the elites of Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and the West Coast, many of whom spent $100,000/year in the store. Bergdorf Goodman was known for the immaculate craftsmanship of its clothes, and later for furs.

The custom salon was never strictly profitable for Bergdorf Goodman because of the high cost of labor and materials, and the cost of research and buying trips to Paris and Italy. A 1951 Business Week article on the department store reported that the custom salon “has not made money since 1929.” The salon employed 3 top-notch designers, 115 dressmakers, 55 tailors, 14 dressers, a “string of saleswomen, models, and assistants,” not to mention the sketch-makers and watercolorists who produced the sketches that comprise most of this collection. But this boutique service raised the profile of the department store and the house designers who worked in the custom salon also contributed designs for Bergdorf Goodman’s ready-to-wear collection. Edwin Goodman has been credited with extending the construction techniques of higher-end garments (deep hems and cutting on the true bias) to ready-to-wear, and raising the standards for the mass manufacture of clothing in the United States.

Andrew Goodman (1907-1993) succeeded his father as President of the store in 1951 on the occasion of the store’s 50th anniversary, and remained active until 1975, three years after it became part of the Broadway-Hale department store chain. Bergdorf Goodman subsequently became a division of the Neiman Marcus group. The store has been at its present location at 58th Street and Fifth Avenue since 1928. Unlike other department stores, Bergdorf Goodman never expanded to include branches in the suburbs.

Bergdorf Goodman Inc. is a luxury goods department store based on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. The company was founded in 1899 by Herman Bergdorf and was later owned and managed by Edwin Goodman, and later his son Andrew Goodman.

Berger, Paul

  • US.20200918.024
  • Person

Paul Berger was a professor at FIT in the 1950s. He taught management.

Berin, Harvey

  • US.20201111.52
  • Person
  • 1898-1988

Born around 1898, Harvey Berin was one of the leading New York designers who helped establish the U.S. as a competitor to the French fashion industry. Berin was 15 when he first began working in New York's garment district. He opened his business, Casino, in 1922 on Seventh Ave in New York. Berin and his designer won a Coty Award for the brand's afternoon and evening dresses. Berin passes away in 1988.

Bernstein, Alex A.

  • US.20200918.007
  • Person
  • 1880-1971

Alex A. Bernstein was the founder and president of the Fur Trade Foundation. Born around 1880, Bernstein seems to have spent his life in the fur industry. Bernstein also sat on the board of the Fur Charity Chest, working as chairman of the distribution committees. In addition to his work in the fur trade, Bernstein had been a director of the Fashion Institute of Technology. Alex Bernstein passed away in 1971 at the age of 91.

Bernstein, Aline, 1881-1955

  • US.20181012-013
  • Person
  • 1881-1955

Aline Bernstein was a production designer working in the early 20th Century. She was hired by the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York as a costume designer in 1915. Bernstein would design costumes for every production put on by the Neighborhood Playhouse as well as occasionally creating sets for their shows. During her spare time, she would study historic costume, visiting museum collections throughout the city. When the theater closed in 1927, Bernstein continued to design for Broadway productions. In 1937, she helped establish the Museum of Costume Art, which was later incorporated into the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bernstein, Leonard

  • 1918-1990

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was one of the most successful American musicians of the 20th century. He composed many different styles of music for the opera, symphony, Broadway, and the ballet. At the age of 40, Bernstein became the youngest music director hired by the New York Philharmonic. He was awarded 23 Grammy awards, 10 Emmys, and a Tony Award, all in the competitive categories. In addition to his work in music, Bernstein was a celebrated humanitarian.

Bernstein, Sidney J.

  • US.20191019.001
  • Person
  • 2004 (date of death)

Sidney Bernstein was the Vice President of the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries. He began with the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.) as a real estate adviser and scouted what would become the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.)’s campus on 7th Avenue. Bernstein helped found a scholarship for fashion students and was the longest serving member of the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.)’s Support Foundation. He passed away in 2004.

Beryl Tucker Young Trends Inc.

  • US.20181012-014
  • Corporate body

Beryl Tucker Young Trends Inc. was a trend forecasting company catered to childrenswear manufacturers.

Bethel, Lawrence L.

  • US.20180719.002
  • Person

Lawrence L. Bethel was President of FIT from 1953-1965. He was considered a prime mover in the expansion of the school and was the driver behind a 10-year, $36 million dollar plan to add four additional buildings to the campus. He was born in Warrensburg Missouri and graduated from Central Missouri State College in 1928. From there, he earned degrees from Columbia and Yale. He was the author of several books on industrial management and opened new doors to link the fashion industries with FIT. He was also instrumental in helping Mexico and Israel set up schools like FIT. He believed that the growth of community colleges was the most significant development in education in the 20th century.

Betts, Katherine

  • US.20201113.004
  • Person
  • 1964-

Katherine Betts is an American fashion journalist. She has held top positions at both Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. She was the editor in chief of Harper's Bazaar from June 1999 to June 2001 and the fashion news director at Vogue from 1991 to 1999. Betts was named Editor at Large of Time magazine in 2003. While working at Time, she helped create the Time Style & Design supplement. She has written two successful books, "First Lady’s style, Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style" (2011) and "My Paris Dream" (2015).

Beuglet, Jeffrey

  • US.20180702.085
  • Person
  • 1949-2017

Jeffrey Beuglet (March 28, 1949 - February 3, 2017) was an American fashion illustrator. In addition to his work as an illustrator, Beuglet taught at the Fashion at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Bewitched (Television program)

  • US.20200516.005
  • [non-DACS actor]
  • 1964-1972

Bewitched was an American sitcom starring Elizabeth Montgomery. The show aired on ABC from 1964 to 1972.

B.H. Wragge Co.

  • US.20201103.056
  • Corporate body
  • 1925 - 1971

B.H. Wragge Co. was founded in 1925 and was acquired by Sidney Wragge in 1931. Sidney, born in 1908 in Brooklyn, acted as the president and head designer until 1971 when the company folded (Sidney took the last name Wragge as his own). The company was known for its "All American," mix-and-match separates. Not only winning the COTY award twice, Sidney Wragge served as the first CFDA president from 1962 until 1965.


  • 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.


  • US.20200923.003
  • Corporate body
  • 1962-

Could refer to the fashion brand Dorothee Bis: Founded in 1962 by Elie and Jacqueline Jacobson, Dorothy Bis is a French fashion brand that focuses on ready-to-wear sportswear. The brand has sourced materials from all over the globe. Their look is young, fashion conscious, Parisian chic. The brand claims to be one of the early adopters of the boho look in the early 1970s. American consumers could find Dorothee Bis boutiques in Henri Bendel and Bloomingdale's in New York. In 2003, the BCBG Max Azria group purchased the brand.

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.

Bismarck, Mona von, 1897-1983

  • 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.

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