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The Future of Beauty symposium program, 1989

  • US NNFIT SC.385
  • collection
  • 1989

Bi-fold program for a Revlon Symposium title The Future of Beauty which was held in New York City on April 6, 1989. Speakers included Nancy Friday, Lionel Tiger, Georgia Witkin, Molly Haskell and Warren Farrell. Also included is a letter from Nancy Friday addressed to the donor David Katzive.

Revlon, Inc.

Jane Bixby Weller collection, 1939-1984

  • US NNFIT SC.416
  • collection
  • 1939-1984

This collection consists of illustrations, photographs, print materials, awards, and other ephemera relating to the career of American fashion illustrator Jane Bixby Weller.

Bixby Weller, Jane

Vally Wieselthier collection, 1920-1946

  • US NNFIT SC.413
  • collection
  • 1920-1946

This collection consists of photographs, press clippings, exhibition brochures, personal papers, and sketches that relate to the career of Austrian artist Vally Wieseltheir.

Wieselthier, Vally, 1895-1945

Terry Schaefer interview, 1986 November 21

This conversation takes place only a few weeks after Schaefer had joined Bloomingdale's as the Vice President of Marketing. Schaefer gives a quick recap of the previous 13 years of his career before talking about his thoughts on his new boss, Marvin S. Traub, as well as his new position at Bloomingdale's. Coming from first a marketing background and then, briefly, a retail background, Schaefer discusses the importance of retailers being fully aware of what people are reading, wearing, listening to, and even eating. This awareness is a qaulity of Traub's that Schaefer praises and which he attributes, in part, to making Bloomingdale's stand out in the retail industry. Schaefer also talks about Bloomingdale's distinguising itself by being a place of diversion, entertainment, and fun as opposed to being simply a mode of distribution. When discussing his job interview for Bloomingdale's, Schaefer recalls being impressed by the amount of thought and planning that evidently went into the future of the store and uses the country promotions as an example.

Schaefer, Terron

Lester Gribets interview, 1986 November 19

This conversation covers very little of Lester Gribetz' life and career at Bloomingdale's. There is a brief intro in which Gribetz lays out his professional trajectory from trainee under Martin S. Traub to his role in merchandising. Like most of Traub's employees at Bloomingdale's, Gribetz praises Traub as a boss and as a person. He describes him as exciting, challenging, enlightened, and demanding. Gribetz attributes Traub's high standards to keeping workers excited and motivated. Traub is described as charitable in a number of the Bloomingdale's interviews but Gribetz shares a specific story of Traub organizing a massive fundraising effort for AIDS research after one of his buyers passed away from the disease. In describing the retail environment, Gribetz explains that a retail career is demanding and varied, and the hard work has discouraged many where others have thrived. Prompted several times to define Bloomingdale's milestones, Gribetz first discusses the team before Martin S. Traub's era and then the transitions and departmental changes that marked a real turning point with Traub. Bloomingdale's food business is discussed as a distinction among other retailers as well as the elaborate country promotions which were at their peak success at the time of this interview. The Bloomingdale's customer is described as being educated, affluent, adventuresome, and inventive. While Gribetz describes these qualities as being somewhat inherent in New Yorkers, he goes on to say that these ideas are present in customers in all regions and that Bloomingdale's still appeals to the mass market because it grants these qualities upon the customer.

Gribetz, Lester

Symposium records

Includes the papers and presentation delivered at the 2017 Symposium "Dressing New York" on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The names of the presenters and the title of their presentations contained in this folder are: Chelsea Payne "A Fading Custom: The Reluctant Disappearance of Dressmaking in New York" ; Hannah Benson "Hickson: Unraveling a New York City Fashion House 1914-1923" ; Harper Franklin "Eternally Ladylike: Sophie of Saks, 1929-1969" ; Lily Fehler "Protest and Professionalism: Dress of Early Female Doctors who Chose Reform Costume or Masculine Attire" .

Symposium records

Includes the advertisitng flyer, schedule of events, papers, and presentations delivered at the 2014 Symposium "Modes of Modernity The Ephemeral & the Eternal in 20th Century Fashion" which occurred on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Eleven Graduate Students from the Department of Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice delivered presentations. Each presenter's paper and presentation is represented. Denyse Montegut delivered the welcoming address and Rachel Baum and Lourdes Font gave an introduction entitled, "Defining Modernism in Fashion," but their presentations are not included in the files. The names of the presenters and the title of their presentations contained in this folder are: Julia Pehrson, "Everything Old is New Again: Egyptomania in 1920s Fashion;" Kyla Ibanez Katigbak, "Modern Metropolis: The New York Skyline in Textile Design, 1890-1940;" Paula M. Sim, "Modesty is Fashion: Dress Reform in Modern Orthodox Judaism;" Diana Dalmas, "Period Films and the Decline of the Modern, 1930-1953;" Virginia Wilking, "A Well Controlled Body: Constructing the New American Woman of Fashion 1900-1940;" Kristen Haggerty, "Shop Girls: Department Stores and the Fashionable Working Woman;" Kathryn Squitieri, "A Tale of Two Elspeths: Forgotten Coutuerières and Their Impact on Modern Fashion."

Symposium records

Includes the papers and presentation delivered at the 2017 Symposium "Dressing New York" on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The names of the presenters and the title of their presentations contained in this folder are: Nancy MacDonell "'A Good Designer Need Not Breathe the Air of Paris.' Lois Long on Elizabeth Hawes and Muriel King" ; Blair Lenz "Through the Glass: A Look at New York City Window Dressing, 1935-1950" .

Symposium records

Includes the papers and presentation delivered at the 2017 Symposium "Dressing New York" on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The names of the presenters and the title of their presentations contained in this folder are: Lucy Carey "The Great Divide of 1960: Norman Norell's Coulotte" ; Sarah Jean Culbreth "'Who Are the Mystery Girls?': Deconstructing the New York Doll's Image ; Loggans "Fantaies of Opulence: Racial Dynamics of Drag Balls in New York City, 1890-1969" ; Daniel Gustina "Depression Era New York: Dress & Photographs of Fashionable Society" .

UCE of FIT records, 1982-2011

  • US NNFIT SC.418
  • collection
  • 1982 - 2011

This collection contains correspondence, newsletters and Bargaining Agreements pertaining to the operations of the United College Employees of FIT union.

UCE of FIT

Bergdorf Goodman oral history, 1977 and 1994, bulk 1994

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 interview, 1982 May 14

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.

Jablow, Arthur

Yearbook: Portfolio, 1946-2012

The yearbooks document F.I.T.'s graduating class, academic programs, and student life. The yearbooks also often document F.I.T.'s faculty and administration. The yearbooks may include a message from the current president of the college, students' artwork and writing, and images of student fashion shows. Some yearbooks describe recent developments of the college or provide a broad history of the college. The yearbook was titled Portfolio, starting in 1961.

Seymour Troy collection, 1936-1977, bulk 1936-1940

  • US NNFIT SC.105
  • collection
  • 1936-1977

This collection consists of sketches, shoe patterns, embellishments, photographs, promotional materials, scrapbooks, and metal stamps from women's footwear company Seymour Troy Originals. The majority of the collection is undated, although it is estimated that most of it is from the 1930s and 1940s. At least one piece of promotional material is from yrto, and there is a scrapbook cover stamped with yrto. Previous documentation of the collection noted that some sketches were by other designers for Seymour Troy, and specifically named Emery Blau, Al Lewis, and "Cohen." It appears that the collection was added to after Seymour Troy's death, as there are at least two sketches dated 1977.

Troy, Seymour

Symposium records

This folder includes digital copies of the papers and presentations delivered at the 2020 Symposium, which occurred completely online due to restrictions placed upon students and faculty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, 2020. The names of the presenters and the title of their presentations contained in this folder are:

  • Bobbi Wall - "Ruth Reeves’ Lasting Imprint on Modern American Fashion"
  • Anna Lucia Uihlein: "Louella Ballerino: Fashioning California"
  • Brynnea Irvine: "The Fall of Luxury: The Forgotten History of Farquharson & Wheelock"
  • Molly Hartvigsen: "Tobé-Coburn School for Fashion Careers"
  • Brigid Gerstenecker: "Elizabeth Hawes: Mass Production for the Millions?"

Esquire collection, 1933-1976

  • US NNFIT SC.412
  • collection
  • 1933-1976

This collection contains black and white press photographs and tear sheets dating from 1933-1976.

Esquire, inc.

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