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Klein, Anne, 1923-1974
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Saul Smilowitz interview, circa 1994-1995

Chair of the Manufacturing and Management Department at the time of this interview, Saul Smilowitz discusses his life at FIT. He began as a student, graduating in 1953, and returned to teach in 1965 and again in 1989 after a brief hiatus. He talks about FIT’s dress code in the 1950s and how the student body has evolved over the years. Smilowitz discusses the department’s difficulty in recruiting for middle management positions in the industry. He describes their upcoming evaluation by the American Apparel Manufacturers Association; only four colleges have been accepted by the AAMA, FIT being one of them. Smilowitz talks about how they train students for the manufacturing industry and how emphasis on swift, mass production has intensified. He mentions the various degree levels offered in his department, and their move from a factory-oriented focus to a liaison-oriented focus. Graduates of the department have high placement rates and have ended up in major manufacturers such as Liz Claiborne, Nike, and Anne Klein. He talks about how alumni come back to check in at premier industry seminars and events such as the Bobbin Show. Smilowitz then discusses ethnic changes at FIT and how many international students return home with a coveted degree. He details remedial and bridge classes that allow students to matriculate to the upper division, and then talks about how active faculty involvement and continuous evaluation of course offerings keep the department current. Smilowitz goes on to discuss issues in the industry such as sweatshops and how they educate their students on OSHA to avoid such abuses. He then talks about union support and the scholarships offered by the AAMA to FIT students. Finally, he expresses pride in the department’s ability to offer real world experience to students during their time at FIT.

Smilowitz, Saul

1992 October

This folder contains a column Anne Klein and black and white photocopies of ensembles by Klein and black and white photographs of an ensemble with Klein with press release attached.

April 1-2, 1995

This folder contains a column on swimwear and black and white photocopies of photos of swimwear by Miraclesuit, Anne Cole, Sirena, Anne Klein and Rose Marie Reid, some with press releases attached and black and white photos of Anne Cole.

May 25-26, 1996

This folder contains a column on hosiery and black and white photocopies of photos of hosiery by Hot Sox, Anne Klein Legwear and Round the Clock and black and white photos of hosiery by Anne Klein Legwear and Round the Clock, with press releases attached.

June7-8,1997

This folder contains a column on asymmetry in swimwear and black and white photos of swimwear by Anne Klein, Sirena, Roxanne, Robby Len and Hot Water, some with press releases attached, press releases, tear sheets and 8x10" negatives.

Anne Klein, 1964, 1982

This folder contains a press clipping from 1964 that announces Anne Klein's receipt of the Cotton Fashion Award, and 3 black and white 8x10 fashion photographs of ensembles from the Resort 1982/83 collection designed by Donna Karan and Louis Dell'Olio for Anne Klein and Co.

AKS [Anne Klein] Fall 1978 Pics & Kit

This folder contains 8x10 black and white photographs with descriptions of Anne Klein studio accessories including bags, hats, shoes, and sunglasses; Anne Klein for Helena Rubinstein desk accessories with Blazer fragrances inside; Anne Klein bed linens for Burlington, and Anne Klein Children for Supak & Sons.

AK [Anne Klein] Mailgram May 10, 1978-1979

This folder contains 8x10 black and white photographs and negatives of Anne Klein accessories from 1979 including umbrellas, watches, sunglasses, and purses, as well as press releases, press lists, and handwritten notes pertaining to these licensed collections. This folder also contains a press release for Anne Klein jeans for Sheridane from Fall 1978.

AK [Anne Klein] 1978 Fall Captions

This folder contains a list of licensees from 1977, 11 8x10 negatives and slides of Anne Klein accessories, several 8x10 black and white photos of accessories, linens, and childrenswear from Fall 1978, and press releases for Spring/Summer 1979.

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