item 50 - Nina Hyde interview, 1989 May 18

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Nina Hyde interview, 1989 May 18


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Nina Solomon Hyde was born Nina Solomon in 1932 in New York City. She attended Smith College and was accepted at NYU Law School. She left NYU and went to work at McCann-Erickson (advertising), the Maidenform Brassiere Company, Women's Wear Daily, and the Tobe Report. In 1961 she married Lloyd Hyde and moved to Washington D.C. There she worked for the Washington Daily News and then the Washington Post. Hyde worked as the fashion writer at the Washington Post from 1972 until her death in 1990. She received the Eugenia Sheppard Award for outstanding fashion reporting from the Council of Fashion Designers in 1988, the Aldo Award from the menswear industry (the first lifetime achievement award given by that group), the Georgetown University Bicentennial Medal, and the rank of chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters from the French culture minister in 1989. Hyde died in 1990 in Washington D.C. from breast cancer, and the Georgetown University Medical Center established the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research in her honor.

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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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This interview may have been conducted for the NYPL's American Jewish Committee Oral History Collection:

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