item 2 - Arthur Jablow interview, 1982 May 14

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Arthur Jablow interview, 1982 May 14


  • 1982 May 14 (Creation)

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Recording length: 00:36:37
Original format: cassette
Preservation Master: .WAV 1.17GB audio file with 2014 baseline .MD5 checksum file
Reproduction Master: .MP3 50.2MB audio file with 2014 baseline .MD5 checksum file
Transcript: paper and digitized PDF/A
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Arthur Jablow is fashion designer Maurice Rentner's son-in-law.

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"Mildred Finger Haines ... helped shape fashion tastes for four decades as a top buyer for department stores and a consultant to clothes makers and retailers.... From the late 1940's through the late 1960's, Mrs. Haines, known throughout her career as Mildred Finger, was a buyer of ready-to-wear at Macy's, Ohrbach's and Bergdorf Goodman, and was one of New York City's most often cited taste makers. At Bergdorf's, in particular, she was noted for bringing European styles to American consumers. She later became Vice President of Charles of the Ritz, headed fashion merchandising for Yves St. Laurent and became an independent consultant, with clients like the Limited and Arthur D. Little. Suffering from multiple sclerosis, she retired in 1986. In succeeding years, she frequently contributed her knowledge of the fashion industry to the oral history projects of the American Jewish Committee and the Fashion Institute of Technology...." New York Times Obituary, 1995

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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.

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      Legacy audio file ID: AOH130
      Legacy transcript ID: T30

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          Archivist's note

          "Same as AOH65." - Note from earlier archivist, and unsure what it means. Did Finger interview Jablow for his own work in the fashion world, then another interview for Rentner, and if so, why are there two audio objects referenced to each other for that?

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