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Arnold Scaasi fashion sketches and swatches, 1966-1992

  • US NNFIT SC.297
  • collection
  • 1966-1992

This collection cotains both original and photocopied sketches by Arnold Scassi ranging from 1966-1992. Each sketch is accompanied by a fabric swatch and is separated into 21 folders by the collection season ( i.e., Boutique Fall 92) Fabric content is often noted alongside an indication of its use. For example "Printed silk dress and jacket - dress has printed silk ruffle at neckline with white guipure lace edging. Jacket has matching ruffle cuffs." Included in some folders are pricelist, order forms and handwritten notes.

Scaasi, Arnold

Bergdorf Goodman Custom Salon sketches, 1930-1969

  • US NNFIT SC.20
  • collection
  • 1930s-1969

The Bergdorf Goodman Custom Salon sketches collection contains 8,976 pencil, ink, and watercolor sketches by staff artists representing clothing and millinery available in Bergdorf's custom salon. These garments were made to order either from designs purchased by special arrangement from the leading coutouriers of the day or from sketches by Bergdorf's then well known in-house designers. Representative designers include Dior, Balenciaga, Halson and Courreges. House designers include Leslie Morris, Mary Gleason, and Bernard Newman. There is a complete run from 1950 to 1969. In addition, there is a representative sampling of sketches from the 1930s and 40s.
In addition to the sketches, the collection contains preliminary manuscripts and galley proofs of Booton Herndon's book Bergdorf's on the Plaza (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1956) as well as typescripts of his interviews with and about members of the Goodman family and with and about such key members of the staff as Ethel Frankau, Odna Brandeis, and house designers Bernard Newman, Leslie Morris, and Mary Gleason.
The last series contains the original finding aid for the collection.

Bergdorf Goodman (New York, N.Y.)

Elizabeth Hawes papers, 1967-1970

  • US NNFIT SC.149
  • collection
  • 1967 - 1970

This collection is comprised of working manuscripts and drafts of essays.

Hawes, Elizabeth, 1903-1971

Eric de Juan sketch collection, 1927-1989

  • US NNFIT SC.239
  • collection
  • 1927-1989

This collection consists of over 2500 sketches by designer Eric de Juan, from 1927 through 1989. The sketches include several done for Josephine Baker in 1949, as well as sketches from de Juan's two years spent as the in-house designer for the Bergdorf Goodman custom salon. Some sketches from the Bergdorf Goodman custom salon have swatches attached.

de Juan, Eric

Esquire collection, 1933-1976

  • US NNFIT SC.412
  • collection
  • 1933-1976

This collection contains black and white press photographs and tear sheets dating from 1933-1976.

Esquire, inc.

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.

Gladys Marcus Library

Frances Neady collection of original fashion illustrations, 1913-

  • US NNFIT SC.187
  • collection
  • 1913-

The Frances Neady collection of Original Fashion Illustrations was established in 1984 to honor its namesake, an inspirational teacher of fashion illustration. The collection encompasses over a century of fashion art. Its earliest example, a watercolor by Pierre Brissaud for Gazette du Bon Ton, is dated 1913; its most recent donation is by contemporary artist Ruben Toledo. Among other stars represented in the collection are Eric (Carl Erickson), René Bouché, Dorothy Hood, George Stavrinos, and Antonio (Lopez). Donations to the collection come from artists, collectors, and industry professionals. The donated works fulfill criteria established by the Neady Collection Advisory Board, which acknowledges artists who exhibit high standards of draftsmanship and esthetic quality, demonstrate an individual approach, possess technical virtuosity, have worked for high-end magazines, stores or corporations, and have earned the admiration of their peers. The Frances Neady collection’s mission is to encourage and facilitate research by students and industry professionals in the art of fashion illustration. The collection presents a graphic record of the art’s evolution since the 1910s. In addition, it provides a vivid cultural and visual reflection of its time.

Neady Collection Advisory Board

Glove samples, undated

This series consist of actual glove samples, mostly leather but a few non-leather. Some are displayed with their original packaging as they arrived into the collection. They are separated into folders by gloves lengths : short, mid, and long. Gloves may be manufactured in Paris or the Philippines, as shown by the inside stamps and may or may not include tags. Glove conditions range from brand new, lightly worn to very used.

Harper's Bazaar Fashion illustrations, 1940-1942

  • US NNFIT SC.369
  • collection
  • 1940-1942

This collection contains fashion illustrations (mainly garments) executed for Harper's Bazaar between the years of 1940-1942 by Dagmar Freuchen-Gale, Sara Johns and Reynaldo Luza. On the back of the illustrations there are Harper's Bazaar issue numbers that the illustrations were published in.

Harper's Bazaar

Hattie Carnegie sketches, 1940-1955

  • US NNFIT SC.242
  • collection
  • 1940-1955

This collection is comprised of fashion sketches made for Hattie Carnegie, Inc. from 1940 - 1955. This collection contains millinery (hats) for which some designs can be attributed to Esther A. Kleeper in 1945. The remainder of the collection is ready-to-wear dresses and suits, along with evening wear, mostly ballgowns, that were adapted from French couturiers for the American woman. The sketches have been divided into millinery, ready-to-wear, and evening wear. Many of the sketches are not dated, but based upon a survey of the collection and dates of similar physical garments made by Hattie Carnegie, Inc. it is assumed that the sketches are from the aforementioned dates.

Carnegie, Hattie

Jacques Fath collection, 1949-1974

  • US NNFIT SC.140
  • collection
  • 1949 - 1974

This collection contains scrapbooks from 1949-1953. These scrapbooks include print ads, editorial copy, and biographical sketches. Photographs from 1949-1974 include portraits of Fath, Halpert and their wives, and highlights from the 1952 collection. It also contains press clippings regarding both men and their businesses.

Halpert, Joseph

Jane Bixby Weller collection, 1939-1984

  • US NNFIT SC.416
  • collection
  • 1939-1984

This collection consists of illustrations, photographs, print materials, awards, and other ephemera relating to the career of American fashion illustrator Jane Bixby Weller.

Bixby Weller, Jane

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

Lord & Taylor collection, 1826-2010

  • US NNFIT SC.125
  • collection
  • 1826-2010

This collection contains scrapbooks and company records related to the Lord and Taylor department stores, primarily focused on the original stores in New York City. The scrapbook series consists of unbound pages of newspaper and magazine clippings of Lord and Taylor stores in New York City and the greater New York Area. Company records include advertising, photographs and illustrations of Lord and Taylor buildings, company catalogs, press releases and clippings, as well as internal company histories authored by Lord and Taylor. A small subseries relates to biographical information and photographs of former Lord and Taylor president Dorothy Shaver.

Lord & Taylor

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