item 74 - Beth Levine interview, 1982 October 28

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Beth Levine interview, 1982 October 28


  • 1982 October 28 (Creation)

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Herbert (1916 - 1991) and Beth Levine (1914 - 2006) founded the Herbert Levine company in 1948. Their company, which sold high-end women's shoes made in New York, was one of the leading footwear design firms in the country. Their designs were worn by many celebrities including Jacqueline Kennedy and Liza Minnelli. Nancy Sinatra wore Herbert Levine white stiletto boots while singing about them in the mid-1960s. These boots, which were made for walking, started the Go-Go boot trend of the 60s. In 1964, Barbra Streisand wore Levine shoes during the run of her show "Funny Girl" on Broadway. In addition to the stage, Herbert Levine shoes were produced to be worn during fashion shows for designers like Halston and Pauline Trigère. The company folded in 1975. A year later, the Metropolitan Museum dedicated an exhibition to their designs. After closing their firm, the couple acted as consultants in the shoe industry in New York. The couple won two Coty Awards (1967 and 1973) and a Neiman Marcus Award (1954).

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1997 January 21 - a note on the interview process sheet indicates that the subject requested the removal of the tape and transcripts be removed form the FIT library. The original copy of the tape was given to subject (Beth Levine).

2015 January 26 - FIT General Councel Stephen Tuttle suggested that " action should be taken other than to mark the transcript with some notation that the rights to the same are under review."

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