collection SC.483 - Robert Bryan collection, 1926- circa 2016

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Robert Bryan collection, 1926- circa 2016


  • 1926- circa 2016 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

2 linear feet of materials

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Biographical history

Bryan was born in Orlando, Florida in the late 1940s and soon after his family moved to Virginia. His passion for fashion began during his adolescence when he discovered the 1930s through Hollywood movies. He studied Art History at the University of Virginia and went to law school at the George Washington University before settling to New York in 1968. He worked at the Abraham and Strauss Department store in Brooklyn until 1973 when he started his career with Fairchild Publications. He was the fashion editor of Men's Wear Magazine from 1973 to 1983 and "M" The Civilized Man from 1983 to 1993, and Men's fashion director for "W" Magazine in 1993. He then joined he New York Times in 1995 until 2006. He contributed articles to the CFDA Third volume of American Fashion in 2008.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

This collection was donated in 2022 by Robert Bryan.

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Scope and content

This collection contains photographs, print media, correspondence and audiovisual materials pertaining to the career of menswear stylist Robert Bryan.

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This system is arranged into four series: photographs, print media, correspondence and audiovisual materials.

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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 or call (212) 217-4385.

Conditions governing reproduction

The FIT Library unit of Special Collections and FIT Archives does not own copyright for all material held in its physical custody. It is the researcher's obligation to abide by and satisfy copyright law ( when copying or using materials (including digital materials) found in or made available from the department. When possible, the department will inform a researcher about the copyright status of material, the researcher's obligations with regard to such material, and, wherever possible, the owner or owners of the copyrights. Any and all reproduction of originals is at the archivist's discretion.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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Dates of creation revision deletion

2022 October 28




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