item 125 - Bill Thomas interview, 1982 April 4, May 13 & 25

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Bill Thomas interview, 1982 April 4, May 13 & 25


  • 1982 April 4, May 13 & 25 (Creation)

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Bill Thomas, born in Chicago in 1920, is an Academy Award-winning costume designer with more than 300 films to his name. He was responsible for actress Jean Simmons' wardrobe and created the clown costume for Judy Garland in "The Pirate." He worked with several celebrities while also creating wardrobes for private clients.

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"Mildred Finger Haines ... helped shape fashion tastes for four decades as a top buyer for department stores and a consultant to clothes makers and retailers.... From the late 1940's through the late 1960's, Mrs. Haines, known throughout her career as Mildred Finger, was a buyer of ready-to-wear at Macy's, Ohrbach's and Bergdorf Goodman, and was one of New York City's most often cited taste makers. At Bergdorf's, in particular, she was noted for bringing European styles to American consumers. She later became Vice President of Charles of the Ritz, headed fashion merchandising for Yves St. Laurent and became an independent consultant, with clients like the Limited and Arthur D. Little. Suffering from multiple sclerosis, she retired in 1986. In succeeding years, she frequently contributed her knowledge of the fashion industry to the oral history projects of the American Jewish Committee and the Fashion Institute of Technology...." New York Times Obituary, 1995

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  • Legacy audio ID no: AOH166
  • Legacy video ID no: N/A
  • Legacy transcription ID no: T40

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