Archives & Special Collections

Browse the Collections

by Title

12 collections are filed under F

Fashion Focus Workshop audio recordings

Creator : Parsons School of Design

1984-1985, 21 interviews
Offered annually during spring semester throughout the 1980s, the Fashion Focus workshops offered advanced photography students an opportunity to meet and hear from fashion photographers, editors, agents, makeup artists, and hair stylists. The 21 recordings in this collection include lectures from 1984 and 1985. Lecturers include Rebecca Blake, Ann Blevens, Dan Brennan, David Brown, Knut Bry, Christiaan (Christiaan Houtenbos), Antony Clavet, Wendy Goodman, Bethann Hardison, Douglas Hopkins, Lucille Khornak, Klaus Laubmayer, Linda Mason, James Moore, Xavier Moreau, Helmut Newton, Johno du Plessis, David Seidner, Walter Thomas, Albert Watson, and James Wojcik. In addition to the Fashion Focus workshops, Advertising, Fine Art, and Photojournalism workshops were offered. These workshops were primarily targeted at continuing education students, rather than undergraduates, and predate the formation of the Photography master's degree program at Parsons.

Fashion look books and merchandising collection

Creator : New School Archives and Special Collections

1960s-2001, 4.4 linear ft
Contains printed and moving image publicity materials produced for late twentieth century fashion designers. Predominant designers include: Calvin Klein, Donna Karan (DKNY), Joseph Abboud, Pierre Balmain, Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger. Also contains printed materials produced for Parsons School of Design alumni Anna Sui, Badgley Mischka, Isaac Mizrahi, Marc Jacobs, Narcisco Rodriguez, Peter Speliopoulus, and Bruce (Daphne Gutierrez and Nicole Noselli).

Fashion print scrapbook collection

Creator : Parsons the New School for Design. Adam and Sophie Gimbel Design Library.

circa 1800-1913, 25.6 linear ft
Consists of 19 scrapbooks containing more than 10,000 prints of fashion illustrations produced between the early 1800s and 1913. The prints primarily depict men's, women's, and children's clothing and accessories, with a small number of images depicting theatrical costumes, architectural and sculptural details, and textile designs. One scrapbook contains swatches of French and Asian textiles. Many of the images were issued originally as portfolio prints, others cut from books and periodicals, such as Graham's Magazine and Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine. The majority of the earlier prints are of French origin.
return to top

Fashion runway slide collection

Creator : Saks & Company (New York, N.Y.)

1990-2000, 8.8 linear ft
Saks Fifth Avenue compiled this collection of more than 1,100 slides depicting fashion runway shows during the 1990s. The 35 mm slides depict haute couture and ready-to-wear collections from an international array of fashion designers and houses. Designers represented in the collection include Adrienne Vittadini, Bill Blass, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Issey Miyake, Max Mara, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Rifat Ozbek, Versace, Vivienne Westwood, Yves Saint-Laurent, and many others. Former Parsons School of Design students include but are not limited to Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Badgley Mischka, Isaac Mizrahi, Charlotte Neuville, Anna Sui, and Yeohlee Teng. Dan and Corina Lecca, Chris Moore, and Dino Scrimali are some of the photographers whose work is represented in the collection.

Fiona Walker Dieffenbacher student work and teaching examples

Creator : Dieffenbacher, Fiona

1989-2011, 0.4 linear ft
Fiona Walker Dieffenbacher is a fashion designer, author, and alumna of Parsons School of Design, as well as a full-time faculty member and director of the BFA Fashion Design program. The collection is comprised of student project notebooks and portfolios maintained by Dieffenbacher while she was a Fashion Design BFA student at Parsons School of Design in the early 1990s and examples of visual aids created by Dieffenbacher as a professor, as well as student work produced in classes she taught in the 2000s.

Focus Photography lecture series audio recordings

Creator : Parsons School of Design

1982-1985, 38 lectures
The Focus Photography lectures consist of presentations by working photographers at Parsons School of Design, often showing slides while offering anecdotes about their experiences in the field, highlighting techniques employed, personal and professional challenges, and career trajectories. Lecturers include Dmitri Baltermants, Ross Baughman, Harry Benson, Arthur Deresian, Harry Dawson, Dan Dry, John Durniak, Claudio Edinger, David Eitlinger, Charles Gatewood, Leslie Goldman, James Hamilton, Charles Harbutt, Gregory Heisler, Walter Heun, Abigail Heyman, George Holz, Jose Lopez, Mary Ellen Mark, Keith McManus, Susan Meiselas, Michael O'Brien, John Loengard, Sylvia Plachy, Arthur Rothstein, Richard Sandler, Chiang Ning Sheng, Douglas Vann, and Alex Webb. In addition to the lectures by individual photographers, there are several panels, including a panel on Afghanistan led by Jim Sheldon, a street photography panel led by Ben Fernandez (who started the Photography Department at Parsons and founded the Focus series), with Angel Franco and Helinda; and a panel on Roy Stryker held at the International Center for Photography.
return to top

Francesca Sammaritano student work and teaching examples

Creator : Sammaritano, Francesca

1987-2006, 2.9 linear ft
The collection is comprised of two student project notebooks maintained by Francesca Sammaritano while she was a Fashion BFA student at Parsons School of Design in the late 1980s and two examples of student work created in classes Sammaritano taught as a professor. Sammaritano's student work consists of a two-volume pattern drafting notebook created for a class taught by Fashion Design Department faculty member Marie Marino. Another notebook features notes and pattern pieces for creating a notched collar jacket and was maintained for a senior class taught by Theresa Chiappetta. Sammaritano advises that she constructed a jacket based on the notebook and sold the resultant piece to her college roommate. These notebooks provide detailed instructions for a wide variety of sewing and pattern drafting techniques, along with both illustrated examples and three-dimensional fabric examples sewn by Sammaritano, including small skirts and partial pieces of full-sized jackets. The collection also includes two notebooks produced by Sammaritano's students, selected by Sammaritano as outstanding examples of student work. One notebook was created by junior Fay Chen Fitch in a design studio draping class Sammaritano taught in her first year as an adjunct professor. The second notebook is a thesis project completed by student Alejandra Kohara in April 2006. Fabric samples and envelopes containing full pattern sets are stored separately from the other components of each notebook. Through examples of both Sammaritano and her students’ work, this collection provides insight into the learning and teaching processes employed by Parsons students and professors in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.

Francis J. Geck papers

Creator : Geck, Francis

1923-2001, 3.5 linear ft
Francis Geck (1900-2005) graduated from the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) in 1924 and taught interior design at the school's Paris Ateliers until 1927. Following a professional career in his native Detroit, Geck became a professor of Fine Arts at University of Colorado, where he taught for 39 years. The papers contain correspondence with Parsons administrators, including Frank Alvah Parsons, design renderings and student work, publications, and course-related materials.

Frank Alvah Parsons correspondence and tribute by James Wilfrid Kerr

Creator : Parsons, Frank Alvah

1925-1930, 0.1 linear ft
The collection contains correspondence from Frank Alvah Parsons, president of the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design), to alumni James Wilfrid Kerr and Rose Netzorg Kerr, in addition to a short manuscript written by James Wilfrid Kerr upon Parsons' death. The tribute relates Kerr's experiences as a World War One veteran studying art under Parsons' tutelage.
return to top

Frank Alvah Parsons lectures on art and prints of period rooms

Creator : Parsons, Frank Alvah

1917-1922, 1.8 linear ft
Frank Alvah Parsons (1866-1930) began as an instructor at the New York School of Art in 1904. In 1911 he became director, renaming the school the New York School of Fine and Applied Art to reflect his reorientation of the institution's focus toward the practical design disciplines. The school was later renamed to honor Parsons' leadership. The collection is comprised of published editions of 21 of Parsons' lectures on art, and includes prints of period rooms he used to illustrate his lectures.

Fred Greenhill fashion illustrations

Creator : Greenhill, Fred

circa 1960s-1980s, 13.5 linear ft
Fred Greenhill (1925-2007) graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1950. He went on to work as a fashion illustrator for Neiman Marcus in the 1950s, and was the primary artist for Saks Fifth Avenue in the 1960s and early 1970s. Greenhill is most recognized for his Lord & Taylor illustrations, including the company's trademark long-stemmed rose. The New School Archives holds approximately 700 fashion illustrations that Greenhill created from the 1960s through the 1980s.

Frieda Wunderlich papers

Creator : Wunderlich, Frieda, 1884-1965

circa 1912-1960s, 1.9 linear ft
Frieda Wunderlich (b.1884-d.1965) was a member of the University-in-Exile (also known as the Graduate Faculty, later known as the New School for Social Research). A professor, political representative and editor of an anti-Nazi magazine in her native Germany, Wunderlich came to the New School in 1933 and continued her research on social problems, labor markets and resource allocation, while teaching into the 1950s. The collection consists of files and topically-themed notebooks, presumably labeled by Wunderlich, with identifications such as, Welf[are] State War, Coll[ective] Barg[aining]/Labor Law/NLRB [National Labor Relations Board], and Labor in Politics.
return to top