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Fashion Institute of Technology-SUNY, Gladys Marcus Library, Special Collections and College Archives sub-series
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Andrew Geller, 1969-1970

The Andrew Geller sub-series contains a total of 756 original color sketches in 6 folders. The year information is not available in this subseries. Thus, the time range of it is also supplied according to Baghsarian’s biography history. In this subseries, the shoe types include pumps, flats, sneakers, sandals and boots.
The sketches in this sub-series feature women day-ware integrating comfort and youthfulness. The predominantly used element is still the bulky heels, which is merged naturally into the design of pumps, pump sandals and flats. Besides that, other decoration elements presented in this sub-series include the use of vibrant colors, metal buckles and strong color contrast.

Baghsarian, Arsho

Arsho for Shoebiz, 1979-1986

The Arsho for Shoebiz contains a total of 594 sketches in 7 folders. As another subordinate product line in Shoebiz, Arsho for Shoebiz aims at a younger customer group with a lower market price. As the first product line with Ashro’s name, it bears a special meaning in Arsho’s career.
The sketches of this sub-series are original. This product line contains women footware for all occasions. One feature contained in this sub-series is the hand-woven shoes. Recalled by Arsho, during shoebiz period, these delicate hand-woven shoes were manufactured by their French cooperators, which were very popular among their customers at that time.

Baghsarian, Arsho

Stuart, 1987-1996

The Stuart sub-series contains a total 5344 of sketches in 36 folders. Compared to Stuart Weitzman, most of its sketches are original, and a great part of which are decorated with watercolor. As a subordinate product line in Stuart Weitzman, it is aimed at a younger consumer group and designed to be dressier with a lower price range. Similar to Stuart Weitzman line, Stuart contains shoes types for various occasions in all seasons.

The principle of practicality also succeeds in Stuart line as well. Just as Arsho states that “shoes are designed for walking, not for displaying or fashion show”. Most of shoes styles in this sub-series are from flats to mid-heel height.

Baghsarian, Arsho

Photographs, Foreign orders, 1919

Disbound scrapbook, 66 photographs, Foreign orders 1919, in 3 folders. In US.NNFIT.SC.1.1.23 are two lists/receipts with orders in French Francs. The photographs are taken in the garden with a fountain, trees, some in sunshine, as well as inside the room with large with either large painting in a background or a stage set. Photographic prints themselves are of larger format than usually seen throughout the collection.

Sketches, original drawings, circa 1915-1925

4.6 linear feet - The bulk of original drawings are from early 1920s. This part of the collection has several arrangements, by year, season, or type of clothing - such as Evening Wear, Evening Gowns, Theatrical Wear, Wraps and Coats, Pajamas and Negligees, and Wedding Gowns. 2 volumes document lines by year and season (1916, 1917-1918). Sketches rendered in several distinct styles, by multiple artists. Some illustrations very carefully drawn and colored with great attention to detail (most consistent example 1916 sketches), drawings from later period captivate as much for the style of execution as the subject they portray (Theatrical costume). Loose sketches collected into volumes by clothing type make up the bulk of the subseries (fragments of scrapbooks' cover artwork can be seen in 1.3.6). Drawn on a heavy board in various techniques, predominantly ink, gouache, and watercolor, some accentuated with gold and silver. There are many cases where it is especially difficult to attribute the purpose of the garment, a tea gown or theatrical costume maybe misinterpreted/misattributed, since Lucile designed for themed occasions, theater and revue, where risque outfits were required; evening gowns designed for the stage actresses may have become part of the evening wear collection. Most of the loose sketches have rusty staple marks on them.

Photocopies of Show programs and Articles

Photocopies of "The Ideal Scrapbook", the originals of which are housed in Box #30, US.NNFIT.SC.1.3.4 and US.NNFIT.SC.1.5.1-2. This box also contains photocopies of programs and articles of which the originals are missing from "The Ideal Scrapbook".

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