item 1 - Andrew Goodman interview, 1977 December 13

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Andrew Goodman interview, 1977 December 13


  • 1977 December 13 (Creation)

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Recording length: 00:49:46, 00:51:17
Original format: Reel to reel audio tape
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"Robert Riley, an expert on fashion design who oversaw collections and organized design shows at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Fashion Institute of Technology, died on Oct. 6 at a hospital in Hyannis, Mass. He was 90 and lived in Truro, Mass. Mr. Riley retired in 1981 after two decades as director of the design laboratory of the Fashion Institute, in Manhattan. Earlier he held posts in the design field at the Brooklyn Museum for decades. Looking back in 1981 at recent fashion history, he said ruefully, ''The social upheaval of the 50's and 60's broke the back of the fashion business so that people are no longer concerned with how they look or with what's coming out of Paris.'' Some weeks before he left the Fashion Institute, he oversaw his last costume show there, a retrospective of the work of the noted textile and fabric designer Mario Fortuny. One fashion writer wrote of Mr. Riley at the time that the exhibition reflected ''the teamwork, good planning and unerring eye that are his trademarks.''"

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Andrew Goodman was the son of Bergdorf Goodman founder, Edwin Goodman. He briefly studied at the University of Michigan before embarking on an apprenticeship at the Paris couture house of Jean Patou in 1926, after which he returned to New York to join the department store's staff. During WWII, he served as a lieutenant in the US Navy and following the war returned to Bergdorf Goodman, becoming the President in 1951--and upon his father's death in 1953--Chairman/Owner until 1975. Goodman sat on multiple Boards and development committees in New York City, including the Board of Trustees of the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Andrew Goodman passed away in 1993 at the age of 86.

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Interview with Andrew Goodman and his relationship and history with the Bergdorf Goodman store.

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