collection SC.18 - Andre Studios sketches, 1931-1968

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Andre Studios sketches, 1931-1968


  • 1931-1968 (bulk 1931-1941) (Creation)

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approx. 44 linear feet (bulk 6 linear feet)

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Biographical history

Pearl Alexander Lipman (née Pearl Levy) was the co-owner and designer for the trend forecasting subscription services André Studios and Creator Studios. At the age of twelve, she sold her first designs to children’s wear manufacturer Joseph Love. At seventeen, she started her own business before studying fashion and design at Cooper Union and the Traphagan School. Levy was employed as a designer by coat manufacturer Rubin Endler, Inc. before striking out on her own. In 1930, Levy married Albert Louis “A. L.” Alexander, a police reporter-turned-radio announcer. After her marriage, Levy became known, both personally and professionally, as Pearl Levy Alexander, Pearl L. Alexander and Pearl Alexander. She eventually married a second time, and by the early 1960s was going by Mrs. Pearl Lipman.

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André Studios was a sketch, or croquis, subscription service for garment industry professionals, located at 570 Seventh Avenue in New York City. The company was founded by designer Pearl Levy (Pearl Alexander Lipman) and her business partner, salesman Leonard Schwartzbach, sometime during the year 1930. André Studios was one of the many design services which relied heavily on copying and adapting existing models in order to supply a sufficient, up-to-date product to their customers.

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Original donation by Pearl Alexander Lipman, 1968 June 6, additional accrual from same source on 1983 October 18

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Conditions governing access

Access is open to researchers by appointment at the Fashion Institute of Technology Library, Department of Special Collections and College Archives. If you have any questions, or wish to schedule an appointment contact us at or call (212) 217-4385.

Conditions governing reproduction

The Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives does not own copyright for all material held in its physical custody. It is the researcher's obligation to abide by and satisfy copyright law ( when copying or using materials (including digital materials) found in or made available from the department. When possible, the department will inform a researcher about the copyright status of material, the researcher's obligations with regard to such material, and, wherever possible, the owner or owners of the copyrights. Any and all reproduction of originals is at the archivist's discretion.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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The Library of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives, 27th St. at 7th Ave., NY, NY , USA, 10001

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Digitized copies of a portion of this collection are online: (colors of digital images are cooler in color than originals)

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This finding aid describes only a portion of the entire collection, which is comprised of material digitized by the New York Public Library (NYPL) as part of their André Studios Digitization Project, completed in 2011. The goal of this collaborative project was to make accessible the combined Andre Studio collections held by both NYPL and FIT's Special Collections and College Archives (SPARC).

This is a very small portion of the total Andre Studio collection housed in SPARC; the remaining volumes are currently closed.

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