series SC.175 - Coty American Fashion Critics' Award programs and press clippings, 1975-1985

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Coty American Fashion Critics' Award programs and press clippings, 1975-1985


  • 1975 - 1985 (Creation)

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1.54 linear feet

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Coty Inc. was founded in 1904 by Francois Coty. The firm, located in Paris, released its first perfume, Rose Jacquemin, around that time. This release is seen as the beginning of the modern fragrance industry. In 1908, Coty opened his first salon in Paris. In the mid-1910s, Coty releases face and body powders for women. After releasing a handful of perfumes and gaining international attention after WWI, Coty opens Coty salons in London and in New York in 1922. In the 1920s, the firm released about 15 perfumes. Francois Coty passed away in 1934, but his family retained control of the company. In 1942, the firm founded the Coty American Fashion Critics' Award, honoring American designers until the awards were discontinued in 1985. Coty was acquired by Pfizer Inc in 1963. Coty's Stetson, released in 1981, became the best selling men's fragrance until 1995. That same year, Jil Sander teams with Coty inc. to produce beauty products. German chemicals manufacturer Joh. A Benckiser GmbH in bought Coty in 1992. Today, Coty manufactures several celebrity perfumes.

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This collections contain Coty Award programs for 1976-1978 and 1980-1984 and Coty Award press clippings from 1975-1980, 1982 and 1985. Two award show tickets are also included one undated, the other from 1982.

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This collection is arranged chronologically into two series.

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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.

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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 (Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 108) 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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