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Wheelock, Margaret

  • US.20201204.006
  • Person
  • Unknown

Margaret Wheelock was born in Scotland and started her career at 16 in a London department store. She founded the 57th street firm in partnership with her sister.

Wharton, Clifton R., 1926-

  • US.20200804.003
  • Person
  • 1926-

Clifton R. Wharton Jr. is an economist and corporate executive and was the first African-American president of Michigan State University in 1970.

Whalen, Grover A. (Grover Aloysius), 1886-1962

  • US.20201204.005
  • Person
  • 1886-1962

Grover A. Whalen was a politician and businessman. He was appointed to the position of New York City police commissioner in 1928 and took a strong stance in enforcing prohibition laws. He became president of the New York World’s Fair Corp in 1935 and was later appointed as New York's official greeter.


  • US.20201204.004
  • Corporate body

Werle, Dan

  • US.20201123.52
  • Person
  • - 1985

Dan Werle and his business partner Jose Fernandez started their business after World War II and gained a clientele of some of films' best-known women. His creations included ready-to-wear and individual designs. Many of his gowns were shown on national television on Miss Young's "The Loretta Young Show" from 1953-1961.

Wells, Mary

  • US.20200509.020
  • Person
  • 1928-

Mary Wells Lawrence, born in 1928, is an American businesswoman who made her mark in advertising during an age when men dominated the field. She cofounded the advertising agency Wells, Rich, Greene Inc. and was noted for her campaigns for Alka Seltzer and Ford Motor Company. Wells was also the first female to be CEO of a company traded on the Big Board of the New York Stock Exchange.

Welles, Orson, 1915-1985

  • US.20200509.016
  • Person
  • 1915-1985

American actor, screenwriter, director, and film producer.

Weitz, John

  • US.20200509.015
  • Person
  • 1923-2002

John Weitz was born in 1923 in Berlin, and came to the United States in 1939. He served as an O.S.S. officer in World War II and founded John Weitz designs shortly after. He started with creating women's sportswear and entered the menswear arena in 1964. He was one of the first American designers to enter into licensing deals, known for his witty advertisements.

Weiselthier, Vally

  • US.20201222.53
  • Person
  • 1895-1945

Vally Wieselthier (Valerie Wielsethier) was born in 1895 in Vienna, Austria. She started studying at the Vienna School for Applied Arts in 1914, focusing on painting but later switching to the architecture class of Josef Hoffman. In 1917, she attended the ceramics workshop headed by Michael Powolny. Wieselthier joined the newly opened ceramics workshop of the Wiener Werkstätte, working under Hoffman and artistic director Dagobert Peche. Her work is characterized by playful and humorous designs combined with the use of traditional forms and free use of materials. She also designed in other mediums, such as textiles and glass. From 1922 to 1927 she had her own workshop in Vienna. Her ceramic sculptures were represented at the 1925 “Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes” in Paris. In 1927 she returned to the Wiener Werkstätte to head its ceramics workshop. She spent 18 months in New York City between 1927 and 1928 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1932, where she created work for the Contempora Group and Sebring Pottery Company.

Weintraub, Emanuel

  • US.20191019.003
  • Person

Emanuel Weintraub graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.) in 1947 with a degree in Industrial Management. He went on to become a plant engineer at the Lily of France Corset Company before ultimately founding his own consulting company, Emanuel Weintraub Associates, Inc. Weintraub stayed in close contact with various Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.) presidents and was also a faculty member at New York University, serving on the NYU Club's Board of Directors for two years.

Weinberg, Chester

  • US.20200509.013
  • Person
  • 1930-1985

Chester Weinberg was born in New York and graduated from the Parsons School of Design in 1951. After working for a series of Seventh Avenue manufacturers, he started his own company in 1966. His designs were soft and elegant - ruffles were his signature. In 1978, he joined Calvin Klein as a consultant and became head designer of Calvin Klein jeans in 1981. He won a Coty award in 1970.

Wegener, Gerda

  • US.20190413.001
  • Person
  • 1885-1940

Born in Denmark in 1885, Wegener studied art at the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Copenhagen. In 1912, she relocated to Paris with her former teacher and husband, the painter Einar Wegener. Gerda found success almost immediately working as an illustrator for fashion magazines including Journal des dames et des modes, La Baïonnette, La Guirlande, and La Vie Parisienne. Commissions poured in for Wegener, who also worked as a portrait painter and illustrator for numerous volumes of erotica, which are now highly sought-after by collectors of the genre. The Wegeners’ marriage was annulled by the King of Denmark after Einar became the first recorded recipient of a gender reassignment surgery, yet the former spouses remained close. Gerda would later remarry and live in Morocco with her new husband before returning to Denmark, where she died in relative anonymity in 1940.

Weber, Bruce, 1946-

  • US.20200201.014
  • Person
  • 1946-

American photographer. He studied under Lisette Model and later became a major figure in international fashion photography. His best-known work derives from advertising assignments for the fashion designers Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld, presenting the unique synthesis of an uncompromising personal vision with an interpretation of varied historical influences. His low-angle shots of men in heroic poses recall the images of Aryan youths made in the 1930s, while some of his studio portraits evoke the spirit of classic Hollywood portraiture. His work contains a highly charged eroticism and plays on sexual ambiguity, as for example in his photographic journal O Rio de Janiero (New York, 1986).

Webb, David, 1925-1975

  • US.20200509.012
  • Person
  • 1925-1975

David Webb was born in in North Carolina in 1925. Webb is a trend-setting jewelrey designer and maker, creating beautiful pieces with precious stones, metals, and enameled animals. Two years after introducing his animal bracelets, he won a Coty award. He was commissioned by President Kennedy to make jeweled paperweight gifts.

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