collection SC.220 - Francine Gray sketch collection

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US NNFIT SC.220

Title

Francine Gray sketch collection

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collection

Extent and medium

Three works of art on paper.

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Name of creator

(1905-1957)

Biographical history

Christian Dior (1905-1957) was a French fashion designer who founded the Dior fashion house in 1946. Before opening his own house, Christian Dior worked alongside Pierre Balmain, who would also go on to become a leading post-war French designer. Dior's creations became famous in post-World War II Paris for their innovative shapes and silhouettes. Carmel Snow used the term "New Look" to describe Dior's curvaceous silhouettes. Dior is considered one of the most prolific and influential post-war French designers.

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(1925-2004)

Biographical history

Fashion illustrator.

Joe Eula was born on Jan. 16, 1925 in Norwalk, Connecticut. After being discharged from the army in 1945, he attended the Arts Student League, and before long, his sketches appeared in Town and Country. Around this time, Eula also began designing for Saks Fifth Ave. In 1970, he became a creative director at Halston. When Halston and four other American designers left to show their collections in Paris (The Battle of Versaille), Eula joined along, creating the backdrops for the American set. In addition to fashion, Eula lent his talent to the other arts, designing album covers, posters, clothes, and even directing a T.V. special for Lauren Bacall. Joe Eula died in New York City in 2004 at the age of 79.

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(1936-2008)

Biographical history

"Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent (1 August 1936 – 1 June 2008), professionally known as Yves Saint-Laurent, was a French fashion designer who, in 1961, founded his eponymous fashion label. He is regarded as being among the foremost fashion designers in the twentieth century. In 1985, Caroline Rennolds Milbank wrote, "The most consistently celebrated and influential designer of the past twenty-five years, Yves Saint Laurent can be credited with both spurring the couture's rise from its 1960s ashes and with finally rendering ready-to-wear reputable." He was able to adapt his style to accommodate the changes in fashion during that period. He approached fashion in a different perspective by wanting women to look comfortable yet elegant at the same time. He is also credited with having introduced the tuxedo suit for women and was known for his use of non-European cultural references, and non-white models." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yves_Saint_Laurent_(designer)

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

  • Transferred from the Museum at FIT on June 6, 2006.
  • Donation of Mrs. Francine Gray

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Scope and content

Three works of art including a fashion sketch of woman in dress from the 1950s by Christian Dior, pencil sketch on paper of Francine Gray by Joe Eula and a drawing by Yves Saint Laurent in marker.

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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 FIT Archives.

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 (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.

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      Existence and location of originals

      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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      Note

      In 2007, a drawing by Christian Berard originally included in this collection was inducted into the Frances Neady collection of original fashion illustrations, 1913-, https://atom-sparc.fitnyc.edu/frances-neady-collection-of-original-fashion-illustrations-1913-2

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      AAT; ANSI; DACS; DCMI; ISAD(G); ISO; LoC; NISO; etc

      Status

      Final

      Level of detail

      Full

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      Language(s)

      • English

      Script(s)

      • Latin

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