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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.)

Carmel Snow for Harper's Bazaar press photos, 1954-1955

  • US NNFIT SC.320
  • collection
  • 1954-1955

This collection is comprised of 18 folders containing black and white photographs depicting women wearing fashions from various designers (1954-1955).

Harper's Bazaar

Miscellaneous Subscription Services

  • US NNFIT SC.383
  • collection
  • 1930-1969

This collection contains four folders of fashion sketches accumulated as part of subscription services.

Miscellaneous fashion plates, sketches, and photographs

  • US NNFIT 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.

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