- circa 1920-1959 (Creation)
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8 linear feet of documents and photographs including press clippings, scrapbooks, press releases and promotional materials
Name of creator
Joseph Whitehead always wanted to be a designer. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia but moved to New York after his High School graduation when a high-end retailer invited him to join on a buying trip. Whitehead's first job was working at the Corbeau, Inc. garment factory for $8 a week. Over seven years, Whitehead was able to convince his employers to take his designs seriously and produce them under the Corbeau label. In 1933, Whitehead along with Charles White, a Corbeau employee, teamed up with Joseph Brenner and formed Brenner, Joseph & White. 3 years later, the company was renamed Joseph Whitehead, Inc. after the death of Joseph Brenner. The fashion brand focused primarily on evening wear and were noted as to creating the first dinner-at-home dress. The company closed its doors in 1942.
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Scope and content
This collection contains sketches, photographs and scrapbooks pertaining to the career of fashion designer Joseph Whitehead.
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This collection is comprised of 3 series: sketches, photographs and scrapbooks.
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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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The Library of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Department of Special Collections and College Archives, 27th St. at 7th Ave., NY, NY , USA, 10001
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