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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.)

Miscellaneous fashion plates, sketches, and photographs

  • US NNFIT SC.111
  • collection
  • 1590 - 1970

Miscellaneous fashion plates, sketches, and photographs from various sources. The fashion plates from unknown or miscellaneous publications consist of various styles and techniques of printmaking in both color and black and white. Fashion sketches in pencil, marker, or watercolor on paper represent designs available from department stores and miscellaneous designers. The fashion photograph series includes people in fashionable dress for varying purposes, including advertisements.

unknown creator(s)

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?"

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

Symposium records

Includes the advertisitng flyer, schedule of events, papers, and presentations delivered at the 2015 Symposium "Acts of Fashion: Inspiration, Imitation, Appropriation" which occurred on Saturday, May 9, 2015. 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. Panelists Sass Brown, Ariele Elia, and Lucille A. Roussin presented as part of a council, 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: Hannah Adkins, "Le Vrai et le Faux Chic: Translation and Interpretation;" Sarah Finley, "Paris in Ohio: An Analysis of a Poiret Personal Print;" Jennifer Nieling, "Imitation and Innovation: Rayon's Identity Crisis as Artificial Silk; "Joy Davis, "Majo Splendor: Inspiration from an Iberian Subculture;" Christine Hopkins, "Guilty Kilts and Plundered Plaid: The Appropriation of Tartan in Fashion;" Kristine Engemann, "Fighting with Pretty: Violence, Appropriation, and Mardi Gras Indian Dress."

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)

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.

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