Includes the advertising flyer, schedule of events, papers, and presentations delivered at the 2005 Symposium "Building Style" which occurred on Saturday, May 6, 2005 from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Ten Graduate Students from the School of Graduate Studies delivered presentations. Each presenter's paper and presentation is represented. Keynote address, "Soft Structures," was given by Michelle Fornabal, but her presentation is not included in the file. The names of the presenters and the title of their presentations contained in this folder are: Mary P. Jarvis, "Solving for (x): Drafting the Language of Fashion & Architecture;" Katherine M. Hill, "The Sinuous Line: Art Nouveau Fashion and Architecture;" Marianne Brown, "In Vogue: Edward Steichen at Condé Nast's Apartment;" Jennifer Kay Holley, "Seeing Hats: Millinery and Architecture Through the Lens of Fashion Photography."
Includes the papers and presentation delivered at the 2006 Symposium "Forgotten Fashion." The names of the presenters and the title of their presentations contained in this folder are: Sarah Pitt, "The Usual Bandage, A History of Menstrual Garments;" Colleen Hill, "America's Lost Top Model;" Seta K. Wehbé, "The Poor Girl's Halston;" Marisa Berman, "Thankfully Forgotten: Fashions and Fads of the 1980's" (presentation on CD).
This interview takes place at a time when Bloomingdale's President Marvin S. Traub was being awarded the "Person Who Makes the Difference" award from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Gordon Cooke discusses the various ways in which Traub's style of leadership and business has made a difference in Bloomingdale's success not just as a department store but as an innovator in the world of promotions and business relations. Cooke uses Bloomingdale's country promotions as examples of Traub's creativity and insight regarding promotions. Cooke discusses the team-syle development of ideas, describing the equal value placed on promotions, design, sales, etc. as being instrumental in the creative development of Bloomingdale's. Cooke credits Bloomingale's with opening up trade with various countries before even the U.S. government had fully developed trade with these countries. Finally, Cooke talks about Traub's collaboration with both established and cutting-edge artists in advertisements and promotions.
Includes the papers and presentation delivered at the 2009 Symposium "costume<3fashion Designers, Stars, and Muses of the New York Stage." The names of the presenters and the title of their presentations contained in this folder are: Aisling Joe, "Aline Bernstein: Grande Dame of Costume Design and Fashion History;" Alison Castaneda, "Theatrical Truth: The Role of Costume in Staging History." Presenter bios included.
With an interview of Andrew Goodman conducted by Bob Riley in 1977 as the root, Estelle Ellis and Valerie Steele extended this oral history of Bergdorf Goodman in 1997 by interviewing others who worked for Bergdorf Goodman and knew Andrew Goodman.
Arthur Jablow reflecting on his father-in-law, Maurice Rentner. There is a most interesting section in the Oral Memoirs of Maurice Rentner, (his father-in-law) which provides considerable insight into other facets of the ready-to-wear business.
This conversation has three main components: first, Tomchin discusses his work in the home furnishings department, consolidating the department into one cohesive collection under the guidance of a fashion director, similar to the structure of the clothing departments. This allowed the department to present more fully developed design ideas to the customer, encouraging the customer to work as her own decorator, just as the fashion departments allowed her to be her own stylist. Next, Tomchin speaks at length about Bloomingdale's emphasis on exclusivity of product, whether through the development of Bloomingdale's own signature products, through the introduction of new international products through the country promotions, or through the collaborative efforts between Bloomingdale's and manufacturers to create products that would be of special interest to the Bloomingdale's customer. This convseration focuses heavily on the importance of the educated buyer in understanding other cultures and being able to translate the excitement of products to the customer. Finally, Tomchin speaks to the major contributions and milestones of Bloomingdale's CEO Marvin S. Traub, who opened 5 new Bloomingdale's stores during the first 8 years of Tomchin's tenure with the department store. Traub is described as having a parental sense of care and interest in the store and as having a level of respect for the customer that translated into thoughtful selection and exhibition of products.