US NNFIT SC.239
Eric de Juan sketch collection, 1927-1989
- 1927-1989 (Vervaardig)
Omvang en medium
24 linear feet, 2523 sketches
Naam van de archiefvormer
Primary sources are conflicting as to whether half-French, half-Cuban Eric de Juan was born in Cuba or France, but ancedotal evidence suggests he spent time as a youth in both, being educated mainly in France. At the age of 15 he dismayed his parents with the proclamation that he intended to become a couturier. As the son of a wealthy family, he was expected to take over his father's successful import business. His grandmother— "a great French lady,"—felt differently, and backed her grandson's dream whole-heartedly, converting a portion of her sumptuous home into a workroom and salon for him. Perhaps fleeing from the Nazi occupation of Paris, sometime around 1939, de Juan established a couture house in Cuba, where he became known as the "Mainbocher of Havana." Here he says, "I was very spoiled there...It got so that I could choose my own customers," from the the millionaire glitterati who flocked to the popular resort destination during the 1940s and 1950s. After being jailed six times by Castro for his "association with wealthy clients," and having his business and property seized by the state—his home was converted into the Soviet Embassay—de Juan fled to the US in February of 1964. de Juan's first job stateside was with the noted 7th Avenue coat and suit manufacturer Ben Zuckerman. Three years later, de Juan would replace Leslie Morris as the inhouse designer for the Bergdorf Goodman custom salon; perhaps his friendship as a youth in Cuba with Nena Menach, who was to become Mrs. Andrew Goodman facilitated this opportunity. This arrangement was not to last long; the custom salon would close its doors for financial reasons in May of 1969. de Juan remained on at Bergdorf's for a short period, designing for the store's Plaza Collection. By the mid 1970s, de Juan had left New York for sunnier shores, setting up a custom shop on Seaview Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida. Socialites and heiresses would rely upon him for day and evening looks as well as the wedding gowns of their daughters until at least the mid-1980s. The full extent of de Juan's operations in Florida is unclear, but at this point he had been working in the fashion industry for at least five decades. Information regarding date of death cannot be found.
Geschiedenis van het archief
This collection was a gift from Suzanne le Bienvenu to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Directe bron van verwerving of overbrenging
This collection was donated by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to The Library of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives on 2011511.
Inhoud en structuur
Bereik en inhoud
This collection consists of over 2500 sketches by designer Eric de Juan, from 1927 through 1989. The sketches include several done for Josephine Baker in 1949, as well as sketches from de Juan's two years spent as the in-house designer for the Bergdorf Goodman custom salon. Some sketches from the Bergdorf Goodman custom salon have swatches attached.
Waardering, vernietiging en slectie
collections series folder
Voorwaarden voor toegang en gebruik
Voorwaarden voor raadpleging
Access is open to researchers by appointment at the Fashion Institute of Technology Library, Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives.
Voorwaarden voor reproductie
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 (http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#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.
Taal van het materiaal
Schrift van het materiaal
Taal en schrift aantekeningen
Fysieke eigenschappen en technische eisen
Rehoused 2014; portfolios disassembled
Bestaan en verblifplaats van originelen
The Library of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives, 27th St. at 7th Ave., NY, NY, USA, 10001
Bestaan en verblijfplaats van kopieën
Related units of description
- Clothing and dress
- Custom-made clothing
- Fashion design
- Fashion design--20th century--History
- Fashion design--History
- Fashion design--History--20th century
- Fashion design--History--20th century--Pictorial works
- Fashion design--Pictorial works
- Fashion design--United States--History--20th century
- Fashion designers
- Fashion designers--United States
- Fashion drawing
- Fashion--History--19th century--Pictorial works
- Fashion illustrators
- Baker, Josephine, 1906-1975
- de Juan, Eric (Archiefvormer)
Genre access points
Identificatie van de beschrijving
Identificatiecode van de instelling
Toegepaste regels en/of conventies
AAT; ANSI; DACS; DCMI; ISAD(G); ISO; LoC; NISO; etc
Niveau van detaillering
Verwijdering van datering archiefvorming
Aantekeningen van de archivaris
Arrangement, description, and/or archival processing by April Calahan and Melissa Perlzweig, FIT, NY, NY, USA.