- circa 1941 (Creation)
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4 folders, .17 linear feet
Name of creator
Established by Ethel Traphagen in 1923 in New York City, the Traphagen School of Fashion played a key role in the development of American fashion. More than 28,000 students passed through its doors included lauded designers Anne Klein, Geoffrey Beene and James Galanos. The school espoused a 'design by adaptation' philosophy which encouraged design students to look to art and historic objects for inspiration.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Partial donation by FIT Graduate Studies/ The Museum at FIT following the Fashion and Textile Studies graduate exhibition, The Traphagen School: Fostering American Fashion (March 5-March 30, 2019).
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This collection contains promotional materials, photographs, stationary and a fashion show program pertaining to the Traphagen School of Fashion.
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This collection is arranged thematically by content: promotional materials, photographs, stationary and fashion show program.
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Access is open to researchers by appointment at the Fashion Institute of Technology Library, Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives.
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The Department of Special Collections and College 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 (http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#108) 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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- Traphagen, Ethel, 1884-1963 (Subject)
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