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Ralph Lauren interview, 1990 September 5 and 25

This interview with Ralph Lauren explores his life growing up in the Bronx and how he started his career in the fashion industry. He provides insight to his design process and the company products, which vary from clothing to furnishings and linens.

Lauren, Ralph

Eleanor Lambert interview, 1977 December 8

On December 8, 1977, Phyllis Feldkamp sat down with Eleanor Lambert to discuss Lambert’s decades-long career. Lambert reveals her first steps into the fashion industry as an art student in the midwest and how she got her start in New York City. Lambert touches on many aspects of the New York fashion industry of the mid-century, sharing tidbits about the American designers with whom she crossed paths. Lambert elucidates her involvement with helping establish The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as her varied roles in working with The New York Dress Institute, The Couture Group and Press Week, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, and The National Council of the Arts. Lambert culminates by discussing her position as coordinator of the COTY American Fashion Critics Awards and an amusing anecdote about Norman Norell, winner of the first “Winnie” award. A fashion show in Moscow, which Lambert had a hand in organizing, acted as somewhat of a dress rehearsal for, arguably, the defining moment of American fashion, the Battle of Versailles. Lambert came up with the idea as a fundraiser for Versailles palace, then in disrepair, and organized the American designers who would represent the country; this show ultimately proved to the world the talent and capability of the American fashion industry.

Feldkamp, Phyllis

Liz Claiborne interview, 1986 May

In this interview Liz Claiborne sat down with Estelle Ellis to discuss all aspects of Liz Claiborne Inc. Aware that her label represents a promise between her brand and the customer, Claiborne insists on being a part of every aspect of the design process for each label, from the initial color choices (which Claiborne stresses as being of paramount importance) to the final sample edits. Claiborne reveals the difficulties she faces when working with the menswear and childrenswear departments. In explaining why the Liz Claiborne company hires so many interns, Claiborne makes a point to explain the importance of learning on the job.

Claiborne, Liz, 1929-2007

Liz Claiborne interview, 1990 July 10 and 17

This interview with Liz Claiborne discusses her experiences as she worked her way up as a designer. She describes her past work with designers and firms such as Ben Reig, Omar Kiam, Dave Schwartz, Juniorite, and the Rhea manufacturing company. Claiborne provides insight to the growth of her own company and all of the factors that go into the production of it.

Claiborne, Liz, 1929-2007

Vera Maxwell 3-part interview

John Touhey interviews Vera Maxwell over several days in the winter of 1979 about her childhood, her entry into and experiences in the fashion industry, as well as where she sees it going.

Maxwell, Vera

Style Piracy, 1978-1988

Photocopied, pasted, and laminated articles concerning
the issue of style piracy, especially articles from California
Apparel News.

Retail Stores - Wal-Mart II, 1989-1992

Photocopied, pasted, and laminated articles concerning the retailer Wal-Mart, including articles from Discount Merchandiser. Folder also contains promotional booklets and company reports from Dean Witter and Prudential.

Retail Stores - Wanamaker's, 1976-1986

Six photocopied, pasted, and laminated articles concerning the retailer Wanamaker's. Folder also contains a promotional booklet and flyer as well as a complete Retail Ad Week Awards Issue dedicated to Wanamaker's from 1976.

Retail Stores - Tiffany, 1975-1993

Photocopied, pasted, and laminated articles concerning the retailer Tiffany as well as company reports from Dean Witter and Prudential. Folder also contains a complete issue of Tiffany magazine from 1987 and a press clipping packet from 1989.

Retail Stores - Two Guys, 1977-1982

Six photocopied, pasted, and laminated articles from Discount Store News concerning the retailer Two Guys. Folder also contains a recruiting letter for 1977 graduates and a pamphlet promoting management training.

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