sub-sub-series 2 - George Simonton records

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George Simonton records


  • 1978-2018 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

14.25 linear feet

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Biographical history

New York fashion designer George Simonton was born and raised in the Fort Hamilton area of Brooklyn, NY. With the desire to become a fashion designer, Simonton attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and graduated with an Associate’s degree. He later went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in science at Empire State College. Simonton's first job was working for Dan Millstein at a design house on 7th Avenue where he built a lifelong relationship with the designer, Calvin Klein. Later, while working at the company C’est Simone, Simonton was approached by the founder of Weight Watchers who backed the launching of his label, George Simonton Ltd. Simonton went on to become a very successful designer for QVC where he was given the Rising Star Award for selling the most items per minute. Simonton was also a full-time tenured professor of fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology where he was awarded the Chancellor’s Award of Teaching Excellence.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Materials were donated to FIT Special Collections and College Archives directly from the designer George Simonton on December 2nd, 2016.

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Scope and content

This collection is comprised of original sketches and photographs, business and promotional materials, and materials related to the fashion career of George Simonton as well as his work at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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System of arrangement

This system is arranged into eleven series: Scrapbooks; Press; Sketches; FIT; Photographs; Catalogues; Business and promotional materials; QVC; Correspondence; Reference; and Awards. This collection is housed in 9 regular boxes and 5 oversized boxes.

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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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Existence and location of originals

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 archival processing by Danielle Paterson, FIT, NY, NY, USA, 2021

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