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Anne Anka interview, 2011 June 24

In this interview, Anka reflects on her career as a professional model, working first in Paris and then the Unites States during the 1960s and early 1970s. Anka begins by discussing her heritage and family background, and her childhood in Egypt. Anka explains how she began modeling when she was 17 years old and recounts beginning her career as a model working in Paris with many notable 20th century fashion photographers. Anka discusses meeting Eileen Ford in Paris and how Ford took Anka under her wing once she moved to New York in 1959. Anka reflects on her experiences living with the Ford family and working as a Ford model, mentioning key bookers and agents who worked with her in New York. Anka discusses meeting, dating, and marrying singer Paul Anka, retiring in the early 1970s, and raising 5 daughters. Guided by Sicular, Anka reviews her portfolio and shares stories surrounding a few of her favorite photographs and photographers. Sicular makes a point of focusing on Anka’s composite card (13:50), explaining how in a pre-digital industry the card functioned as model’s primary means of promotion. At the end of the interview, Anka speaks on the phone with her former booker, Rusty Donovan Zeddis.

Anka, Anne

Symposium records

Includes the papers and presentation delivered at the 2010 Symposium "Americans in Paris: Designers, Buyers, Editors, Photographers, Models, and Clients in Paris Fashion." The names of the presenters and the title of their presentations contained in this folder are: Alexis Anselmi, "Bettina Ballard: In Her Paris Fashion, 1935-1945;" Gwendolyn Donahue, "J'ai Deux Amours: African American Influence on Paris Fashion;" Laura Mina, "The Fashion for Franklin: A New American in Paris."

Phototransfers of sketches, 1910s, #1

From 2 disbound scrapbooks, 211 phototransfers of sketches. Both of the scrapbooks were from from mid 1910's. Items in folders 1 and 2 are original to this location: 128 photographs of sketches, 10 official Lucile phototransfers of sketches, and a Christmas card illustrated with a Lucile sketch. Some prints occur repeatedly. Those dated are from 1916, some have prices. Phototransfers bare embossed Lucile, Ltd. Paris stamp. There is also a Christmas card from 1909

Photographs, Fall, 1916

Disbound scrapbook, 170 photographs of autumn models from 1916, in 3 folders. The program for the premier fashion show of this line is available in--US.NNFIT.SC.1.3.4.1. The garments are annotated with a title and one line description for each ensemble, among them "A Song of Songs" and "Are You Prepared", #21 sports costume, #14 "Djer-kiss". Lucile, Ltd. couture houses in London and Paris were grimly affected by the First World War. In contrast, this line highlights opulence present in United States, especially high society of New York and Chicago. Produced the same year as Lady Duff Gordon's ready-to-wear line in collaboration with Sears Roebuck. [See--US.NNFIT.SC.1.1.10-12 for duplicates of this material, note inconsistency in titles (1916-1917 vs 1916)] Photographs taken at the studio

Photographs, Fall, 1915, 1 of 2

Disbound scrapbook, 145 photographs Autumn 1915 line, in 2 folders. Photographs are unannotated. At this time Lady Duff Gordon reached creative and financial pinnacle of her career. Success of New York branch helped to support the war-torn London and Paris branches. This line features a return to the full skirt and decorative pleating and decadent fabrics. Around this time Lucile gained status of a Permanent Resident in the United States. [See--US.NNFIT.SC.1.1.3-6 for annotation, duplicated material (models #91-#105 are not included in this volume)]

Lucile, Ltd. records, 1910-1925

  • US NNFIT SC.1
  • Raccolta
  • 1863-1935

Collection is comprised of model photographs, sketches, photographs of sketches, show programs, some newspaper and magazine clippings with articles about or by Lucile, order forms, advertisements, and fashion plates. Garment designs include theatrical costumes, wedding gowns, day and evening wear, tea gowns, lingerie and pajamas. Bulk of the collection consists of model photographs, fashion sketches, photographs of sketches and official phototransfers. In addition there are clippings of articles from different publications written by or about Lucile, she wrote regular columns for Hearst publications. Programs for the "Model Parades" introducing lines of clothing for several years. There are some photographs of Lucile's clients, and photographs of "Rose room" interiors of Lucile. Ltd from New York and Chicago locations. Inspirational and reference materials collected by Lucile and/or her staff, mainly fashion plates and newspaper clippings from different publications. Dates range from the early 1910s to the mid 1920s. Model photographs were glued in large format (12-14"w to 16-18"h) standard, blank books to order, referred throughout this finding aid as scrapbooks; there are 12 volumes in the collection. Bulk of original drawings that are arranged according to the type of clothing are loose, drawn on a heavy weight board; sketches for 1916 and 197-18 lines were glued into scrapbooks; there are 12 volumes of original drawings and 2 volumes of photographs and phototransfers. It is possible that two types of arrangement seen throughout the collection (most of Model photographs chronologically, most of sketches by type of clothing) are due to different purpose these materials served; sketches of period gowns or theatrical costumes could have been referred to time and time again for different productions or themed social events, whereas model photographs would have documented actual creation of such a garment at a certain point in time. It is also not clear why, but some scrapbooks with model photographs are reproduced in complete entirety, using same photo session materials some fully annotated.

Duff Gordon, Lucy, Lady