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Wiedman, Charles

  • US.20201204.007
  • Person
  • 1901-1975

Charles Wiedman was an American dancer and choreographer and is considered one of the major innovators of modern dance.

Whittingham and Humphreys (Firm)

  • US.20201103.050
  • Corporate body
  • 1888-1914

Whittingham & Humphreys was a London based high-end design firm working in the Victorian era.

Whitehead, Joseph

  • US.20201111.57
  • Person
  • 1868-1951

Joseph Whitehead always wanted to be a designer. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia but moved to New York after his High School graduation when a high-end retailer invited him to join on a buying trip. Whitehead's first job was working at the Corbeau, Inc. garment factory for $8 a week. Over seven years, Whitehead was able to convince his employers to take his designs seriously and produce them under the Corbeau label. In 1933, Whitehead along with Charles White, a Corbeau employee, teamed up with Joseph Brenner and formed Brenner, Joseph & White. 3 years later, the company was renamed Joseph Whitehead, Inc. after the death of Joseph Brenner. The fashion brand focused primarily on evening wear and were noted as to creating the first dinner-at-home dress. The company closed its doors in 1942.

White, Nancy

  • US.20190323.001
  • Person
  • 1916-2002

"...Nancy White was born in Brooklyn on July 25, 1916. Her father was in publishing and became general manager of Hearst magazines. She attended the Madeira School in Greenway, Va., where she and Katharine Graham, who was to become publisher of The Washington Post, became lifelong friends. She left Madeira to work during the Depression, her daughter said. At 15, she worked as an errand girl with a magazine, according to an interview with her in The New York Mirror in 1957. (She did not name the magazine.) She returned to the boarding school, and after graduation became an editorial assistant, or ''glorified errand girl,'' in her words, with the magazine Pictorial Review. Her next job, which lasted 16 years, was with Good Housekeeping magazine, where she started as an assistant in the fashion department and left as fashion editor. She joined Harper's as an assistant editor in 1957 and was appointed editor at the beginning of 1958. She was chosen by the previous editor, Carmel Snow, who happened to be her aunt. Diana Vreeland had been another candidate for the top job; she promptly quit. In 1962, Mrs. Vreeland joined Vogue, becoming a legend in the fashion world, and not incidentally Miss White's principal competitor. Under Miss White, Harper's was aimed at stylish women in Des Moines and Omaha as well as in New York and San Francisco. In one issue, 14 pages by Hiro showed models' bodies seeming to disintegrate beneath colorful prints. Yet in the same issue, there was page after black-and-white page of elegantly understated suits and coats. Her comments on pantsuits in a 1964 interview in The New York Times reflected the balance she sought between modernity and moderation. Although she would not wear one to the office herself, she said, pantsuits would be all right for her staff members if they wore ''perfect accessories.'' Miss White resigned in 1971 after James W. Brady, formerly publisher of Women's Wear Daily, was appointed publisher and editorial director of Harper's. Mr. Brady said it was Hearst's decision for him to modernize the magazine....After her resignation, Miss White advised Bergdorf Goodman on fashion for two years and devoted much of the rest of her life to charities, including Lighthouse for the Blind and the public television station WNET. She was first married to Clarence Dauphinot, founder of Deltec International, then to Ralph D. Paine Jr., publisher of Fortune magazine, and then George K. Thompson, her high school sweetheart. The first two marriages ended in divorce, and Mr. Thompson died in 1996....Ms. White had two daughters, Ms. Paine of Durham, N.H., and Gillette Piper of Coral Gables, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Mimi Thompson of Manhattan; a sister, Carmel Eitt of King George, Va.; a brother, John Michael White of Delray Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren."

At Harper's Bazaar, Ms. White edited a book celebrating the magazine's 100th anniversary. It was entitled "100 Women of Accomplishment" and was published by Hearst Corporation in 1967. She was a member of the National Council of the Arts (1966-1972) and is a member of the board of directors of General Mills.

Ms. White was born to a fashion and editorial career. Her father, Thomas J. White, was a power in the Hearst publishing empire, which included Harper;s Bazaar; while her aunt, Carmel White Snow, was the creative and authoritative editor of Harper's Bazaar for many years.

White Stag

  • US.20200523.008
  • Corporate body
  • 1933-

White Stag is an in-store brand of women's clothing and accessories sold by Walmart.

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.

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