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FIT Oral histories project

Launched in 1978, an oral history of the fashion industries has been maintained by the Gladys Marcus Library’s Special Collections and Archives department, amassing nearly 375 oral history holdings in various formats, to date, and growing.

In anticipation of FIT's 75th anniversary in 2019, “FIT Talks” was established and institutionalized in [2012?] to make available previously inaccessible content, and to continue to build a rich library of oral histories representative of the fashion and broader creative industries that will be of interest and available to the public at large.

Interviews already include current and former members of the FIT community as well as significant and well-known figures in the fashion industry. For example, charming dialogue about fashion between Princess Grace of Monaco and designer Vera Maxwell is now available to any researcher. Interviews provided through Ford Models, Inc. are also part of the collection.

Fashion Institute of Technology-SUNY, Gladys Marcus Library, College Archives

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.

The Bloomingdale's interviews, 1986 November 5-1987 January 16

  • US NNFIT SC.FITA.3.20.4.9.3
  • sub-sub-sub-series
  • 1986 November 5-1987 January 16
  • Fait partie de Academic Affairs records

This series consists of 14 oral history interviews, which discuss the history of Bloomingdale's, President Marvin Traub, as well as the store's current status and future plans. Interviews were conducted between November, 1986 and January 1987 by Estelle Ellis.

Lee Traub interview, 1987 January 16

This conversation is with Lee Traub, wife of influential Bloomingdale's executive Marvin S. Traub. In this interview, Lee Traub talks about Marvin Traub as a father, a husband, a business man, and a diplomat. She briefly talks about their meeting in 1947 and marriage in 1948 and praises Marvin for being tremendously calm both at home and in work. Lee credits Marvin for possesing a natural confidence that affected the way he was able to work with people and try new things. As the wife of a top executive, Lee provides some personal insight into the Bloomingdale's work environment of the 1960s and early 1970s, recalling a time when the department store was closed on Saturdays. Lee describes Marvin as a gentleman who has made friends with important people all over the world and who operates with a large sense of morality. Lee and Marvin were known as a strong pair and Lee went along with Marvin on several of his international trips. Lee describes her experiences with Marvin in India and France, again pointing to her husband's diplomacy. Finally, Lee attests to Marvin's renowned energy, both physical and mental. In regards to his determination, Lee recounts the story of Marvin being wounded in WWII and how he overcame his debilitating injury.

Fragrance Foundation oral histories

Interviews conducted by Estelle Ellis in 1993 on the occasion of the 1993 awards dinner in honor of Annette Green and the Fragrance Foundation, benefitting the educational foundation for the fashion industries. Interviews were conducted with key individuals involved in the fragrance industry including Annette Green (President, Fragrance Foundation), James Preston (Chairman, Avon Products), Lawrence Aiken (President and CEO, Sanofi Beaute), Dr. Fernando Aleu (President, Compar), Eugene Grisanti (Chairman, President and CEO, International Flavors & Fragrances), Jeanette Wagner (President, Estee Lauder), Burton Tansky, (Chairman, Bergdorf Goodman), Rosemarie Bravo (President, Saks Fifth Avenue).

Transcript from Burton Tansky, September 20, 1993

Writing by Tansky Burton, Chairman of Bergdorf Goodman, about Annette Green and her work with the Fragrance Foundation. He discusses the growth of the fragrance industry because of Green and her work with the Fragrance Foundation.

Annette Green interview, 1996 March 12

This interview discusses Annette Green's contributions to The Fragrance Foundation. It begins with a discussion on the history of the company, Green's initial introduction and eventual rehabilitation of the foundation, and it's current position in the industry. Green discusses her involvement with starting the Cosmetic and Fragrance Program at FIT.

Student Development records

Student Development includes Athletics & Recreation, the Counseling Center, Disability Support Services (FIT-ABLE), Health Services, Residential Life, Student Life, Student Activities and clubs, Orientation, and the Student Association (FITSA). This series also includes student publications.

Administration and Faculty, bulk undated

Random Photographs of Administrators and Faculty of the Fashion Institute of Technology. Photographs of large meetings and events. Photographs of Presidential Candidate Thomas Dewey with administrators. Photographs of professor lecturing.

Interior design program

Photographs of students in the Textile program classes, doing textile identification, creating textile designs, doing screen printing, textile designs, weaving on a loom, selecting fabrics from manufacturers, and attending a guest lecture.

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