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Jeanette Jarnow interview, 1994 December 20

Jeannette Jarnow, former Chair of the Fashion Buying and Merchandising Department (FBM), discusses the small and intimate nature of FIT when she joined in 1956. She discusses the founding of the school by Morris Haft, Virginia Pope, and a handful of fashion industry insiders. She then describes the birth of the FBM department thanks to an endowment by Bergdorf Goodman as well as close relationships with Lord & Taylor, Abraham and Strauss, and Bloomingdale's. Jarnow touches on influential people from each department store and then goes into the student demographic make-up of the 1950s. Jarnow describes the changes at FIT over her 38 year career such as the former dress code. She then describes fundraising events and field trips to wholesalers and retailers. Jarnow also remembers famous speakers coming to the school such as Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy. She recalls that Virginia Pope used to take students to the opera and other public events to experience fashion and culture. Jarnow briefly touches on her time as Chair and describes the publication of her book, “Inside the Fashion Business.” Jarnow also emphasizes FIT’s international reach and the vast array of career options alumni have experienced. Finally, she mentions the Oral History of FIT taken by Mildred Finger which was housed in the library.

Jarnow, Jeannette A.

Symposium records

Includes the papers and presentation delivered at the 2015 Symposium "Acts of Fashion: Inspiration, Imitation, Appropriation" which occurred on Saturday, May 9, 2015. The names of the presenters and the title of their presentations contained in this folder are: Jade Burger Macnee, "Dress and Art: An Anthropophagic Study;" Christina Frank, "Homeless Chic? Appropriation and Inspiration in Fashion;" Chloe Chapin, "Tuxedos Transformed women's fashion inspired by male evening dress;" Ingrid Wetzel, "Ignore the Violence: Hells Angels, Highway to the Runway;" J. Leia Lima Baum, "Imitating the Familiar: Normcore and the End of Postmodernism in Fashion."

May 11-12, 1991

This folder contains a column Robert Merloz, assistant designer at Yves Saint Laurent, black and white photographs of Yves Saint Laurent furs designed by Merloz, a biography of Merloz and one black and white portrait of Merloz.

1992 January

This folder contains a column on American fashion and contains black and white photos of ensembles by Norma Kamali and Yves Saint Laurent.

1992 March

This folder contains a column on platform shoes and black and white photocopies of photos of shoes by Charles Jourdan and Yves Saint Laurent.

1992 May

This folder contains a column on Yves Saint Laurent and Calvin Klein and black and white photocopies of photos of dresses by Calvin Klein and black and white photos of ensembles by Yves Saint Laurent.

1993 January

This folder contains a column on hits and misses of 1992 and reproductions of sketches, with press releases attached, of ensembles by Givenchy, Nina Ricci, Christian Lacroix, Pierre Cardin and photocopies of sketches and photos, with press releases attached, of ensembles by Christian Lacroix, Eric Javits, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Anne Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Emanuel Ungaro, Oscar de la Renta, Adrienne Vittadini, Adolfo, Go>Silk, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Christian Lacroix, Nina Ricci, and Pierre Cardin.

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