US NNFIT SC.53
John Derro sketches, circa 1950-1959
- 1950-1959 (Creation)
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3.42 linear feet
Name of creator
During the late 1940s, John Derro was working as a costume designer on Broadway before transitioning into women's ready-to wear in the early 1950s. For the manufacturer Mainstreet he designed high-end women's rain gear before the company placed him at the helm of their Young Couture subsidiary line. In 1958, he was honored by Bloomingdale's as a top young American designer. Sometime around 1962, Derro left Mainstreet for the head design position at the 7th Avenue label David Hart. In 1963, following the retirement of Evelyn Dawson, Derro became the designer for the Suzy Perette line, which Dawson and a partner had established.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
FIT purchase from Brian Scott Car, March 1987.
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Scope and content
This collection is contains 262 original fashion sketches by John Derro.
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By garment type.
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Conditions governing access
Access is open to researchers by appointment at the Fashion Institute of Technology Library, Department of Special Collections and College Archives. If you have any questions, or wish to schedule an appointment contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 217-4385.
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