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Fashion Institute of Technology-SUNY, Gladys Marcus Library, Special Collections and College Archives Baghsarian, Arsho
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Arsho Baghsarian shoe sketches, 1963-2008

Donated in March 2009 and currently housed in 9 boxes and 163 folders, the volume of Arsho Baghsarian shoe design sketch series is approximately 14 cubic feet (approximately 24000 sketches), which covers the complete output of Arsho Baghsarian from 1963 to 2008.
The series starts with a red pump sketch for Christian Dior dated back to 1963. This sketch is also the only Dior shoe sketch in this collection. Most original sketches are from 1960s to 1990s, which involve brands such as I.Miller, Andrew Geller, Shoebiz, and Arsho for Shoebiz. The original sketches were done in pencil, ink and gouache. The sketches for Stuart Weitzman (including Stuart Weitzman, Stuart, Arsho for Stuart Weitzman) account for approximately two-thirds of this series. Since the original sketches especially those in Arsho’s late career remain in the factory, the sketches of this part in the collection are photocopies. Arsho devotes her entire career and talents to shoe designs. She has designed the full spectrum of women’s footwear: from sandals to boots and from wedding slippers to sports shoes.
The range of materials makes the series an important tool for conservation, while the collection of design sketches, actual shoe prototypes and marketing, even those in publications that have been greatly transformed or no longer exist, give students a sense of art marketing and fashion history.

Baghsarian, Arsho

Shoebiz, 1971-1986

The Shoebiz sub-series contains a total of 2837 sketches in 16 folders. Two folders with estimated date (1970’s and 1980’s) contain the original color sketches. The other 6 folders with inclusive date information contain the photocopies. Shoebiz features a youthful and feminine product line for women at all ages and every occasion. Besides that, two sheets of shoe shape designed by Baghsraian can be found in the folder of 1980’s.
In this sub-series, bulky heels remain to be a significant factor especially in the 1970’s folders. In addition, the design of platform shoes such as platform sandals and platform pumps in various height emerge at the early stage of Shoebiz line. Besides that, more diversifications can be found in this subseries, from the dressy foot ware such as 3 inch high heel pumps and slingbacks, to casual style such as loafer and wedges. More materials, such as patent leather, multi-color canvas, and feather are adopted, all of which contributes to the diversity of the Shoebiz sub-series.

Baghsarian, Arsho

Stuart, 1987-1996

The Stuart sub-series contains a total 5344 of sketches in 36 folders. Compared to Stuart Weitzman, most of its sketches are original, and a great part of which are decorated with watercolor. As a subordinate product line in Stuart Weitzman, it is aimed at a younger consumer group and designed to be dressier with a lower price range. Similar to Stuart Weitzman line, Stuart contains shoes types for various occasions in all seasons.

The principle of practicality also succeeds in Stuart line as well. Just as Arsho states that “shoes are designed for walking, not for displaying or fashion show”. Most of shoes styles in this sub-series are from flats to mid-heel height.

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