collection SC.7 - Frederic L. Milton sketches, 1942-1956

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Frederic L. Milton sketches, 1942-1956


  • 1942-1956 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

19.66 linear feet of sketches.

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Name of creator

(1940?-1959? (active))

Administrative history

Frederic L. Milton was a prominent New York-based sketch agency during the 1940s and 1950s. In 1955, the company was sued by the French fashion houses Dior, Lanvin, Fath and Patou for $1,350,000 in a claim of "style piracy, trademark infringement and unfair competition," according to the New York Times. As of August 1959, the suit was still pending in New York Supreme Court.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift from Saks Fifth Avenue 1969 June 26, possible additional accrual from Karen Pasquale 1997 December 09

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Scope and content

This collection is comprised of fashion sketches for womenswear.

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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 College Archives. If you have any questions, or wish to schedule an appointment contact us at or call (212) 217-4385.

Conditions governing reproduction

The Department of Special Collections and College 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 ( 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

Script of material

  • Latin

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The Library of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Department of Special Collections and College Archives, 27th St. at 7th Ave., NY, NY , USA, 10001

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  • English


  • Latin


Archivist's note

  • Arrangement, description, and/or archival processing by unknown archivist, finding aid updated by April Calahan and Rita Wang, October 2020, FIT, NY, NY, USA.

  • 2020 October: Archivists worked on ingesting this legacy finding aid into AtoM from a remote location due to the pandemic and are unable to access the physical holdings to verify some of its data that may be incorrect or incomplete. 1. This legacy finding aid lacked folder numbers. The records listed were presumed to be sequential and folder numbers were added to the record IDs accordingly, however they need to be checked against the physical holdings and updated accordingly. 2. The corresponding catalog record in the FIT library has different dates than this finding aid. Dates need to be verified against the physical holdings, and the incorrect records need to be updated accordingly.

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