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Bergdorf Goodman Custom Salon sketches, 1930-1969

  • US NNFIT SC.20
  • collection
  • 1930s-1969

The Bergdorf Goodman Custom Salon sketches collection contains 8,976 pencil, ink, and watercolor sketches by staff artists representing clothing and millinery available in Bergdorf's custom salon. These garments were made to order either from designs purchased by special arrangement from the leading coutouriers of the day or from sketches by Bergdorf's then well known in-house designers. Representative designers include Dior, Balenciaga, Halson and Courreges. House designers include Leslie Morris, Mary Gleason, and Bernard Newman. There is a complete run from 1950 to 1969. In addition, there is a representative sampling of sketches from the 1930s and 40s.
In addition to the sketches, the collection contains preliminary manuscripts and galley proofs of Booton Herndon's book Bergdorf's on the Plaza (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1956) as well as typescripts of his interviews with and about members of the Goodman family and with and about such key members of the staff as Ethel Frankau, Odna Brandeis, and house designers Bernard Newman, Leslie Morris, and Mary Gleason.
The last series contains the original finding aid for the collection.

Bergdorf Goodman (New York, N.Y.)

Whittingham and Humphreys sketches, 1888-1914

  • US NNFIT SC.4
  • collection
  • 1888-1914

This collection of 32 bound volumes of fashion sketches from the London dress firm Whittingham and Humphrey, later Humphrey. The sketches are in pencil and/or ink. Some sketches have suggested materials and colors noted.

Whittingham and Humphreys (Firm)

Symposium records

This folder includes digital video presentations and the symposium invitation graphic delivered by the Fashion Textiles Studies Symposium 2021: Wiggle Room - The Lived Experience of Dress, which occurred completely online due to restrictions placed upon students and faculty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Presentations include

  • “I Was a Mighty Dressed Up Bride”: Wedding Dress in the WPA Narratives by Kenna Libes;
  • “Hippety-Hop, I'm a Bunny”: An Examination of the Objectification of the Female Body Through the Bunny Costume by Ellen Greene;
  • Building the Wardrobe that Lasts: The Aesthetic Formula of 1970s Fashionable Anti-Fashion, by Alina Osokina;
  • Afropunk: A Carnival of Fashion Consciousness by Christianna Rice

American Designer Showings Spring 1963

This folder contains papers and records pertaining to the Spring 1963 American Designer showings including the schedule, transportation records, press clippings, press releases, correspondance, RSVP lists for showings, Designers participating in the showings include Sarmi, Scaasi, Lilly Daché, Christian Dior-New York, Oleg Cassini, Mam'selle, Leslie Fay, Ben Zuckerman, Mollie Parnis, Adele Simpson, Jean Louis, Welre, Bud Kilpatrick, Rudi Gernreich, Ceil Chapman, Martier-Raymond, Pepe Fernandez, Jane Derby, and Luis Estevez. Press releases in this folder pertaining to the Spring 1963 collections of Ben, Zuckerman, Samuel Winston, John Weitz, Werlé, Sarmi, Scaasi, Adele Simpson, Jo Copeland, Mollie Parnis, Martier-Raymond, Marquise, Mam'selle, Jean Louis, Joan Leslie, Bud Kilpatrick, Rudi Gernreich, Pepe Fernandez, Leslie Fay, Christian Dior-New York, Jane Derby, EStevez, Edward Abbot, Briarbrook, Oleg Cassini, Ceil Chapman, and Lilly Daché.

American Designer Showings papers and press photos, 1962-1982

This folder contains 8x10" black and white press photos, most with text press releases attached for : Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass, Donald Brooks, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior-New York, Anne Fogarty, Rudi Gernreich, Victor Joris for Cuddlecoat, David Kidd for Arthur Jablow, Anne Klein for Mallory's, Ralph Lauren, Herbert Levine, Deanne Littell for Warner's, Ralph Lauren, Priscill of Boston and B.H. Wragge.

American Designer Showings, January 1963 Correspondance

This folder contains correspondance, press clippings, schedule of showings, and lists of attendees. Designers participating in the showings include Sarmi, Scaasi, Lilly Daché, Christian Dior-New York, Oleg Cassini, Mam'selle, Leslie Fay, Ben Zuckerman, Mollie Parnis, Adele Simpson, Jean Louis, Welre, Bud Kilpatrick, Rudi Gernreich, Ceil Chapman, Martier-Raymond, Pepe Fernandez, Jane Derby, and Luis Estevez.

American Designer Series showings January 6, 1964 Invitations and Acceptances

This folder contains shedules of showings, lists of invitees and attendees, and correspondance pertaining to the American Designer Series showins held in January 1964. Designers participating in this showing include Little Craft, Helen Lee, Alyssa, Lilly Daché, Wells-Treister, Mollie Parnis, Christian Dior-New York, Anne Fogarty, Scassi for Martini, Oleg CAssini, Ship N'Shore, Castillo for Zacari, Luis Estevez, Adele Simpson, Frechtel, Ceil Chapman, Adolof, Bud Kilpatrick, Rudi Gernreich, Jerry Silverman, Herbert and Beth Levine, B.H. Wragge, Trigere, Warner Slimear, Pat Sandler, Stavropoulos, Dynasty of Hong Kong, Guastave TAssell, Ritter Furs, Ben Zuckerman, Geoffrey Beene, Mam'selle, Eric Lund for Dezon, Cathertne Scott, Jane Derby, John Moore, Jean Louis and Norman Norell.

American Designer Series showings Fall 1965 schedule

This folder contains press releases, press clippings, correspondance and showing schedules pertaining for the Fall 1965 American Designer Series showings. Designers participating in this showing include: Adele Simpson, Mollie Parnis, Jacques Tiffeau, Warner Slimwear, Geoffrey Beene, Donald Brooks, Oscar de la Renta for Jane Derby, Ship 'N Shore, Herbert and Beth Levine, Anne Fogarty, B.H. Wragge, Frechtel, Gustave Tassel, Betty Carol for Mam'selle, Eilinor Simmons for Malcolm Starr, Trigere, Oleg Cassini Couture, Lilly Daché, Jerry Silverman, Ritter Furs, Bill Blass for Maurice Rentner, Luis Estevez, Pat Sandler, Ben Zuckerman, Christian Dior-New York, Anne Klein for Mallory, Kimberly Knits, Jean Louis, Sarmi, and John Moore.

American Designer Series showings Spring 1965

This folder contains correspondance list of attendees, press clippings, press releases, show schedules for the Spring 1964 American Designer Series showings. Designers participating in the showing include: Ben Reig, Donald Brooks for Townley, Pattullo-Jo Copeland, Davidow, Hannah Troy, Aurther Jablow, Nat Kaplan, Anne Klein for Junior Sophisticates, Gothe, Anthony Blotta, Branell, Hattie Carnegie, Originala, Harvey Berin, Teal Traina, Samule Winston, Larry Aldrich, Bill Blass for Maurice Rentner, Paul Parnes, Malcolm Starr, Monte-Sano & Pruzan, and Countess Alexander.

American Designer Series showings Fall 1967 schedule

This folder contains a showing schedule for the Fall 1967 American Designer Series Showings. Designers participating in this showing include: John Weitz, Adele Simpson, Frechtel, Mollie Parnis, Geoffrey Beene, Modella, Hadley, Anne Klein for Mallory, Chester Weinberg, Bill Blass for Maurice Rentner, Roxane for Samuel Winston, Victor Joris for Cuddlecoat, Warner Slimwear, Christian Dior-New York, Kimberly,Elinor Simmons for Malcolm Starr, Kasper for Joan Leslie, Boul' Mich by Gerald Rierce, Morton Myles for Jeunesse, Tiffeau & Busch, Anne Fogarty, Trigere, Donald Brooks, Stavropoulos, Olga, Jerry Silverman, Andrew Woods, Ben Zuckerman, Dominic for Marty Talmack, George Halley, Oscar de la Renta, Pat Sandler for HIghlight, Sarmi, Ritter Furs, Victor Costa for Suzy Perette, Marty Sussman for Jobere, Lotte, Kenneth Lane, and Rudi Gernreich.

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