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FIT Oral histories project

This oral history collection contains close to 400 interviews of prominent 20th-century fashion industry insiders, including Ralph Lauren, Liz Claiborne, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Vera Maxwell, as well as members of the FIT faculty and staff. This collection of in-depth interviews with individuals in every segment of the fashion business creates a broad historical record that is drawn directly from the knowledgeable, informal, and often colorful verbalization of its practitioners. FIT's Oral History Project is a unique record of facts, ways and means, points of view, practice and personality that could be preserved in no other way.

Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.). Gladys Marcus Library

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" .

The Museum at FIT records

  • US NNFIT SC.FITA.10
  • subgroup
  • 1948-2019

The Museum at FIT records are arranged into six (6) series; they are Administrative records, Exhibition records, Promotional material, Symposia records, Correspondence, and Fashion Culture records.

Museum at FIT

Rags magazine press materials, 1970-1971

  • US NNFIT SC.457
  • collection
  • 1970 - 1971

This collection consists of one folder of press releases and one folder of press clippings pertaining to the counterculture magazine Rags, which was in publication 1970-1971.

Burg, Dale

Sara Johns, 1942

This folder contains 5 copies of Harper's Bazaar magazine pages and 19 fashion illustrations signed by Sara Johns. The illustrations consist of two-piece ensembles, dresses and jumpsuits. Some garments shown are attributed to Claire McCardell, Abercrombie & Fitch; department stores Bonwitt Teller and Arnold Constable & Company labeled on the back. There are also 3 loose notes attributing designs to Tina Leser, Tom Brigance for Lord & Taylor, and B.H. Wragge.

Harper's Bazaar

Reynaldo Luza, 1940-1942

This folder contains 18 fashion illustrations produced by Reynaldo Luza that consists of garments and accessories: (hats, gloves, belts, umbrellas and shoes) Some illustrations are labeled Bergdorf Goodman on the back.

Harper's Bazaar

Harper's Bazaar Fashion illustrations, 1940-1942

  • US NNFIT SC.369
  • collection
  • 1940-1942

This collection contains fashion illustrations (mainly garments) executed for Harper's Bazaar between the years of 1940-1942 by Dagmar Freuchen-Gale, Sara Johns and Reynaldo Luza. On the back of the illustrations there are Harper's Bazaar issue numbers that the illustrations were published in.

Harper's Bazaar

Stephen Burrows collection, 1969-2012

  • US NNFIT SC.332
  • collection
  • 1969-2012

This collection contains fashion sketches (originals and digital facsimiles), fashion photographs, and press/promotional materials documenting the career of Stephen Burrows in the fashion industry from 1969-2012. There is a gap of press materials from 1990-2000 when he left Henri Bendel to open his own business on seventh avenue. His fragrance named, Stephen B., is briefly documented in photographs, press, and a silver wave necklace solid perfume. Ephemeral materials such as personal photographs and an E.R.A ribbon are also a part of the collection.

Burrows, Stephen, 1943-

Arnold Scaasi fashion sketches and swatches, 1966-1992

  • US NNFIT SC.297
  • collection
  • 1966-1992

This collection cotains both original and photocopied sketches by Arnold Scassi ranging from 1966-1992. Each sketch is accompanied by a fabric swatch and is separated into 21 folders by the collection season ( i.e., Boutique Fall 92) Fabric content is often noted alongside an indication of its use. For example "Printed silk dress and jacket - dress has printed silk ruffle at neckline with white guipure lace edging. Jacket has matching ruffle cuffs." Included in some folders are pricelist, order forms and handwritten notes.

Scaasi, Arnold

Hattie Carnegie sketches, 1940-1955

  • US NNFIT SC.242
  • collection
  • 1940-1955

This collection is comprised of fashion sketches made for Hattie Carnegie, Inc. from 1940 - 1955. This collection contains millinery (hats) for which some designs can be attributed to Esther A. Kleeper in 1945. The remainder of the collection is ready-to-wear dresses and suits, along with evening wear, mostly ballgowns, that were adapted from French couturiers for the American woman. The sketches have been divided into millinery, ready-to-wear, and evening wear. Many of the sketches are not dated, but based upon a survey of the collection and dates of similar physical garments made by Hattie Carnegie, Inc. it is assumed that the sketches are from the aforementioned dates.

Carnegie, Hattie

Eric de Juan sketch collection, 1927-1989

  • US NNFIT SC.239
  • collection
  • 1927-1989

This collection consists of over 2500 sketches by designer Eric de Juan, from 1927 through 1989. The sketches include several done for Josephine Baker in 1949, as well as sketches from de Juan's two years spent as the in-house designer for the Bergdorf Goodman custom salon. Some sketches from the Bergdorf Goodman custom salon have swatches attached.

de Juan, Eric

May Connor papers, 1890-1915

  • US NNFIT SC.218
  • collection
  • 1890-1915

Contains 61 fragile articles of correspondence from the 1890s, graduation announcement, poem-prayer book, pressed flowers, wedding invitations, 2 book marks, 2 spools of thread, 1 round silk or satin rigid ribbon, and photograph. Publications include E. Marcus Reynolds: Joy Taylor System; Teacher's College: The Domestic Art Review 1909; Boston Dress Cutting College, Directions for Harriet A Brown's Scientific Rules; Unity Union SS Library Catalogue of Books; National School Domestic Arts and Science brochure; Dormitory brochure; The Model House brochure.

Connor, May

American Designer Showings, color slides, 1969

This folder contains color slides of studio photographs of garments from 1969 by Blass, Brooks, Adolfo, Fogerty, Rudi Gernreich, Kadley, Kaspar for Joan Leslie, Kasper, Victor Joris, Anne Klein, Herbert Levine, Calvin Klein, Kirkpatrick, Marquise, Modelia, Mr. Mort, David Evins, Leo Narducci, Papillon, Ann Pennington, Suzy Perette, Jerry Silverman Simpson, Starr, Stavropolous, Tiffeau, Trigere, Weinberg, Winston, Oscar de la Renta, and Christian Dior.

American Designer Showings, color slides, 1968

This folder contains color slides of studio photographs of garments from 1968 by Sarmi, Parnis, Adele Simpson, Don Simonelli, Jerry Silverman, Anne Klein, Tina Leser, Mallory, Modelia, George Halley, Kaspar, Kirkpatrick, Kirkpatrick, Adele Simpson, Malcolm Starr, Stavropoulos, Pauline Trigere, Tiffeau Busch, Winston, and Chester Weinberg.

American Designer Showings, color slides, 1967

This folder contains color slides of studio photographs of garments from 1967 by Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass, Donald Brooks, Oscar de la Renta, Dior, Rudi Gernreich, Anne Fogarty, Kimberly, Anne Klein, Victor Joris for Cuddlecoat, Kenneth Lane, Vera Maxwell, Modleia, Norman Norell, Mollie Parnis, Sarmi, Don Simonelli, Adele Simpson, Malcolm Starr, Stavropoulos, Dominic for Nattie Talmack, Jacques Tiffeau, Pauline Trigere, Chester Weinberg, Pauline Trigere, Andrew Woods, and Wragge.

American Designer Showings, color slides, 1965

This folder contains color slides of studio photographs of garments from 1965 by Geoffrey Beene, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Donald Brooks, Anne Fogarty, Rudi Gernreich, Kasper for Joan Leslie, Mallory, Modelia, John Moore, Sarmi, Mollie Parnis, Malcolm Starr, Tiffeau & Busch, Stavropoulos, Dominic of Talmack, Chester Weinberg, Trigere, Winston, Geoffrey Beene, and Gustav Tassel.

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