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Arthur Jablow interview, 1982 May 14

Arthur Jablow reflecting on his father-in-law, Maurice Rentner. There is a most interesting section in the Oral Memoirs of Maurice Rentner, (his father-in-law) which provides considerable insight into other facets of the ready-to-wear business.

Jablow, Arthur

Bergdorf Goodman oral history, 1977 and 1994, bulk 1994

With an interview of Andrew Goodman conducted by Bob Riley in 1977 as the root, Estelle Ellis and Valerie Steele extended this oral history of Bergdorf Goodman in 1997 by interviewing others who worked for Bergdorf Goodman and knew Andrew Goodman.

FIT Oral histories project

This oral history collection contains close to 400 interviews of prominent 20th-century fashion industry insiders, including Ralph Lauren, Liz Claiborne, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Vera Maxwell, as well as members of the FIT faculty and staff. This collection of in-depth interviews with individuals in every segment of the fashion business creates a broad historical record that is drawn directly from the knowledgeable, informal, and often colorful verbalization of its practitioners. FIT's Oral History Project is a unique record of facts, ways and means, points of view, practice and personality that could be preserved in no other way.

Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.). Gladys Marcus Library

Lester Gribets interview, 1986 November 19

This conversation covers very little of Lester Gribetz' life and career at Bloomingdale's. There is a brief intro in which Gribetz lays out his professional trajectory from trainee under Martin S. Traub to his role in merchandising. Like most of Traub's employees at Bloomingdale's, Gribetz praises Traub as a boss and as a person. He describes him as exciting, challenging, enlightened, and demanding. Gribetz attributes Traub's high standards to keeping workers excited and motivated. Traub is described as charitable in a number of the Bloomingdale's interviews but Gribetz shares a specific story of Traub organizing a massive fundraising effort for AIDS research after one of his buyers passed away from the disease. In describing the retail environment, Gribetz explains that a retail career is demanding and varied, and the hard work has discouraged many where others have thrived. Prompted several times to define Bloomingdale's milestones, Gribetz first discusses the team before Martin S. Traub's era and then the transitions and departmental changes that marked a real turning point with Traub. Bloomingdale's food business is discussed as a distinction among other retailers as well as the elaborate country promotions which were at their peak success at the time of this interview. The Bloomingdale's customer is described as being educated, affluent, adventuresome, and inventive. While Gribetz describes these qualities as being somewhat inherent in New Yorkers, he goes on to say that these ideas are present in customers in all regions and that Bloomingdale's still appeals to the mass market because it grants these qualities upon the customer.

Gribetz, Lester

N.Y. - NYC - Bronx, 1977-1988

Photocopied, pasted, and laminated articles concerning retail business, urban renewal, and neighborhoods in the Bronx, including articles from Crain's New York Business and The New York Times. Folder also contains three booklets from the City of New York's Department of City Planning concerning neighborhoods and revitalization in the Bronx.

N.Y. - NYC - Brooklyn, 1971-1991

Photocopied, pasted, and laminated articles, especially from Crain's New York Business, concerning retail business in Brooklyn and Brooklyn neighborhoods in terms of demographics and urban development. This folder also contains booklets from the City of New York's Department of City Planning concerning neighborhoods and revitalization in Brooklyn.

N.Y. - NYC - General, 1963-1993

Photocopied, pasted, and laminated articles concerning retail business in New York City, as well as more articles and booklets concerning New York City in terms of demographics, urban development, and neighborhood living conditions. This includes articles from Crain's New York Business as well as three Moving to New York research reports.

N.Y. - NYC - Manhattan - General, 1946-1991

Photocopied, pasted, and laminated articles concerning retail business, urban planning, and rent in Manhattan. This folder also includes shopping maps and a Moving to New York research report.

N.Y. - NYC - Queens, 1978-1991

Photocopied, pasted, and laminated articles concerning retail business, urban renewal, and neighborhoods in Queens, including articles from Crain's New York Business and Daily News. Folder also includes a booklet from the New York Department of City Planning.

Symposium records

Includes the papers and presentation delivered at the 2017 Symposium "Dressing New York" on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The names of the presenters and the title of their presentations contained in this folder are: Lucy Carey "The Great Divide of 1960: Norman Norell's Coulotte" ; Sarah Jean Culbreth "'Who Are the Mystery Girls?': Deconstructing the New York Doll's Image ; Loggans "Fantaies of Opulence: Racial Dynamics of Drag Balls in New York City, 1890-1969" ; Daniel Gustina "Depression Era New York: Dress & Photographs of Fashionable Society" .

Symposium records

This folder includes digital copies of the papers and presentations delivered at the 2020 Symposium, which occurred completely online due to restrictions placed upon students and faculty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, 2020. The names of the presenters and the title of their presentations contained in this folder are:

  • Bobbi Wall - "Ruth Reeves’ Lasting Imprint on Modern American Fashion"
  • Anna Lucia Uihlein: "Louella Ballerino: Fashioning California"
  • Brynnea Irvine: "The Fall of Luxury: The Forgotten History of Farquharson & Wheelock"
  • Molly Hartvigsen: "Tobé-Coburn School for Fashion Careers"
  • Brigid Gerstenecker: "Elizabeth Hawes: Mass Production for the Millions?"

Symposium records

Includes the advertisitng flyer, schedule of events, papers, and presentations delivered at the 2014 Symposium "Modes of Modernity The Ephemeral & the Eternal in 20th Century Fashion" which occurred on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Eleven Graduate Students from the Department of Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice delivered presentations. Each presenter's paper and presentation is represented. Denyse Montegut delivered the welcoming address and Rachel Baum and Lourdes Font gave an introduction entitled, "Defining Modernism in Fashion," but their presentations are not included in the files. The names of the presenters and the title of their presentations contained in this folder are: Julia Pehrson, "Everything Old is New Again: Egyptomania in 1920s Fashion;" Kyla Ibanez Katigbak, "Modern Metropolis: The New York Skyline in Textile Design, 1890-1940;" Paula M. Sim, "Modesty is Fashion: Dress Reform in Modern Orthodox Judaism;" Diana Dalmas, "Period Films and the Decline of the Modern, 1930-1953;" Virginia Wilking, "A Well Controlled Body: Constructing the New American Woman of Fashion 1900-1940;" Kristen Haggerty, "Shop Girls: Department Stores and the Fashionable Working Woman;" Kathryn Squitieri, "A Tale of Two Elspeths: Forgotten Coutuerières and Their Impact on Modern Fashion."

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