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by Topic : Fashion design (47)

Includes: advertising -- fashion; bathing suits; belts; celebrities --clothing; children's clothing; clothing and dress; clothing trade; costume; fashion design -- study and teaching; fashion -- exhibitions; fashion -- forecasting; fashion -- history; fashion -- periodicals; fashion -- vocational guidance; licensed products; men's clothing; men's clothing industry; uniforms; women's clothing; women's clothing industry

Adri fashion design business records

Creator : Adri

1967-2007, 13.2 linear ft
Mary Adrienne Steckling Coen (1934-2006) graduated from Parsons School of Design's Fashion Design Department in 1958. In 1966, "Adri" -- her professional name -- developed her own line and continued designing under her own labels for the rest of her career. In 1982, Adri received the prestigious Coty American Fashion Critics "Winnie" award. The records document Adri's business and professional life, with materials largely arranged according to year and season. Includes clippings and tear sheets, photographic materials, press kits, presentation portfolios, sketches, swatches, and video recordings.

André and Creators Studios fashion drawings

Creator : André and Creators Studios

1937-1972, 8.8 linear ft
André and Creators Studios were Seventh Avenue fashion businesses that marketed their designs to clothing manufacturers by subscription. In the mid-1970s Pearl Alexander Lipman, André's co-owner and designer since the 1930s, retired, and the company's design drawings were sold to Creators Studios. The collection consists of reproductions of designs -- some vibrantly hand-colored -- produced and distributed by the two companies between 1937 and 1972.

René Bouché fashion illustrations

Creator : Bouché, René

1949-1957, 1974, 15.3 linear ft
A celebrated portraitist and leader in fashion illustration, René Robert Bouché (1905-1963) was a visiting lecturer at Parsons School of Design in 1947. The collection, assembled by Jerry Silverman and Shannon Rodgers, consists of over 100 of Bouché's fashion illustrations, as well as a poster from a 1974 exhibition of his work at Parsons.
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Tom Brigance fashion publicity and sketches

Creator : Brigance, Tom

1932-1977, 6.7 linear ft
After graduating from the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) in 1934, Tom Brigance (1913-1990) became a fashion designer specializing in women's swimwear and sportswear. Exclusive designer at Frank Gallant in the 1950s, Brigance won the fashion industry's Coty Award in 1953. The collection includes scrapbooks of clippings and photographs publicizing Brigance's designs, sketches, publicity materials, and four original fashion illustrations of Brigance swimwear by Dorothy Hood, produced for Lord & Taylor.

Donald Brooks papers

Creator : Brooks, Donald

1957-2003, 14 linear ft
Donald Brooks (1928-2005) was a prominent American fashion designer who, in addition to creating ready-to-wear collections and custom apparel, designed costumes for film, television, and theater. He taught at Parsons School of Design for approximately forty years. The collection includes photographs, publicity materials, and original fashion and costume design sketches.

Margaret Susan Daniell papers

Creator : Burgess, Margaret Susan Daniell

circa 1928-2011, 0.8 linear ft
The Margaret Susan Daniell papers consist of biographical materials, a student notebook and drawings from her education at Parsons School of Design in the late 1920s, and two photographs. Daniell (1907-1998) studied fashion design at Parsons and later worked at Paramount Studios.
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Zack Carr papers

Creator : Carr, Zack

1969-2001, 6.8 linear ft
After graduating from Parsons School of Design Fashion Design Department in 1973, Zack Carr (1945-2000) worked for B. Altman, Donald Brooks and, most significantly, Calvin Klein, where he was creative director. In 1984, Carr started his own line, the Zack Carr Collection, before rejoining Calvin Klein in 1987. The papers consist of material produced and compiled between 1969 and 2000, and include idea books, photographs, news clippings, student work, and a large number of fashion sketches.

Robert Carreon student work

Creator : Carreon, Robert

1966-1969, 3 linear ft
Robert Carreon produced the drawings in this collection as part of his coursework at Parsons School of Design from 1966 until 1968, with the exception of eight drawings from his admissions portfolio and a drawing of a dress and cape that Carreon created for his sister's winter wedding while he was enrolled at Parsons. According to Carreon, student assignments followed a structured workflow: fashion design students maintained a sketchbook (not included in the collection), which they periodically reviewed with the head of the Fashion Design Department, Ann Keagy. She would select ideas from the sketchbook for students to further develop into more formal drawings, which she would also critique. These drawings form the bulk of this collection. Some of Carreon's drawings bear her annotations. Designs that passed this second critique would become renderings that designer critics reviewed with the students. Students were encouraged to experiment with different techniques, a practice evident in Carreon's drawings. He struggled with rendering the human face, and adopted a method of drawing the human figure to compensate for this. Drawings in the collection are typically executed in pencil and gouache, although there are some examples of drawings rendered only in ink to emphasize construction. Carreon annotated the drawings to indicate fabrics used and the collection or assignment. In many cases, manufacturers provided the fabrics and professors issued prompts based on the availability of a type of fabric or fur. Carreon signed his work "Rob" until his third year, in which he switched to "Robert." This was used to roughly date his work when no date is inscribed on a drawing. Additionally, he dropped the hemlines of the dresses and skirts he designed during his third year in a class with critic Chester Weinberg, and this development was also used to establish rough dates for the drawings. In addition to original drawings, the collection contains publicity materials featuring Carreon's work while he was a student.

Edith d'Errecalde papers

Creator : d'Errecalde, Edith

circa 1940s-1981, 0.4 linear ft
Edith d'Errecalde (1905-2002) worked for Mainbocher in the 1940s and started her own sportswear company, Maxmil, in 1951. Later d'Errecalde worked for Evan-Picone and as fashion director for Cohama (Cohn-Hall-Marx). The d'Errecalde papers consist of photographs, sketches, news clippings, advertisements, press kits, correspondence, and notes and manuscripts for articles and lectures. D'Errecalde was a critic and lecturer at Parsons School of Design in 1969-1970.
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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.

Menswear fashion sketch collection

Creator : DNR (New York, N.Y.)

1995-1997, 0.4 linear ft
Eighteen original fashion illustrations donated by the menswear fashion magazine, DNR (Daily News Record). Sketches in the collection are executed in colored pencil, marker, and watercolors. Designers represented include John Rocha, Tommy Hilfiger, Nina Ricci, Claude Montana, Jose Levy, Paco Rabanne, Gilles Rosier, Joseph Abboud, and Olivier Strelli.

Raymond Driscoll scrapbook and fashion sketches

Creator : Driscoll, Raymond

circa 1942-1961, 1.2 linear ft
With a career that extended from the 1930s to the 1960s, Raymond Driscoll (1915-2004) was perhaps most widely known for his annual best and worst-dressed lists. He also achieved recognition for his costume designs for Mexican film stars. The collection is comprised of Driscoll's scrapbook of photographs, news clippings, invitations, and greeting cards from film stars and politicians documenting his work in the 1940s and 1950s, as well as original fashion sketches.
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Suzy Ehrlich fashion illustrations

Creator : Ehrlich, Suzy Lorraine

circa 1950s-1960s, 3.2 linear ft
Suzy Lorraine Ehrlich (1919-2006), was a New York-based fashion illustrator and product designer. The collection is comprised of 69 fashion illustrations executed in pen and ink, pastel, crayon, watercolor, and collage. It also includes two mailers advertising Milliken yarns. Some illustrations may have been executed for a class taught by Jack Potter at the School of Visual Arts.

William Frawley fashion sketches

Creator : Frawley, William

before 2000, 0.3 linear ft
Contains eight watercolor sketches by Frawley, who graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1983 and returned as an instructor from 1989 to 1996. Frawley is known for his illustrations in Parsons classmate Isaac Mizrahi's The Adventures of Sandee the Supermodel.

James Galanos sketches for Jimi Originals

Creator : Galanos, James

probably 1950, 0.1 linear ft
In 1950, fashion designer James Galanos (1924- ) started Jimi Originals with Mary Scourby. The company only existed for a short time, but it was the first company to market Galanos' creations under his name. The collection consists of twelve Jimi Originals fashion sketches as well as invoices and notes. Galanos was a critic at Parsons School of Design from 1962 to 1968.
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Givenchy Nouvelle Boutique showroom books

Creator : Givenchy Nouvelle Boutique

1972-1974, 2.2 linear ft
The collection consists of showroom books for the Givenchy Nouvelle Boutique of New York City, 1972-1974. The showroom books include price lists, garment sketch reproductions, and fabric swatches.

Hubert de Givenchy fashion sketches

Creator : Givenchy, Hubert de

circa 1980s, 0.1 linear ft
The two fashion sketches, rendered in colored marker, were created by Hubert de Givenchy for Anna-Maria Kellen during the 1980s.

Alison Smith Hannan student notebook

Creator : Hannan, Alison Smith

between 1945-1947, 0.1 linear ft
Consists of a student notebook created by Alison Smith when she was a fashion design and fashion illustration student at Parsons School of Design. Includes garment and color analyses, book reports, fashion illustrations, and magazine cut-outs of fashion models and advertising elements.
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Dorothy Haon and Marion Haon papers

Creator : Haon, Dorothy

1938-1976, 4.5 linear ft
Dorothy Haon (1898-1995) attended the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) in 1923-1924, and went on to careers in fashion design and merchandising. The collection, which spans the late 1930s through the 1950s, includes working sketches and notes, cloth patterns, fabric samples, and business records. Also included is work by Dorothy's sister, Marion Haon.

Herbert Sondheim, Inc. fashion business scrapbooks

Creator : Herbert Sondheim, Inc.

1923-1947, 55.1 linear ft
Herbert Sondheim (1895-1966), who taught at Parsons School of Design in 1946, ran a dressmaking business that produced affordable versions of Parisian high-end fashion. The collection includes 19 Herbert Sondheim, Inc. scrapbooks, the bulk of which contain fashion drawings and sketches. Included in some books are sketches depicting the work of Vionnet, Chanel, Molyneux, and other couture houses. The sketches were used by Sondheim designers as templates and inspiration in the early days of a globalized fashion industry. Two scrapbooks are comprised of news clippings, photographs and correspondence from the mid-1940s.

Margaret Hodge Company project files

Creator : Hodge, Margaret

1945-1980, 2.3 linear ft
After graduating from Parsons School of Design in 1945, Margaret Hodge became director of fashion marketing at Vogue, and in 1967 established her own fashion publicity business. Hodge led multiple marketing campaigns, tying clothing lines to the style and fashion of Hollywood films. The collection largely consists of examples of promotional material from Hollywood films, including publicity, set and costume design photographs, press kits, event announcements and tear sheets. The bulk of the material was produced between 1962 and 1976.
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Patrick Michael Hughes students' work and teaching records

Creator : Hughes, Patrick

circa 2007-2010, 1 linear ft
Student work and a syllabus from two fashion design courses Patrick Michael Hughes taught at Parsons School of Design between 2007 and 2010. The courses, History, Culture, Society and Themes in Men's Fashion are repesented through notebooks, drawings, and papers. Additionally, the collection includes an independent study project based on the men's suit and a project created in a class taught by Hughes's colleague, Lisa SantaAndrea.

Issey Miyake, Inc. lookbooks

Creator : Issey Miyake Inc.

2008-2016, 0.6 linear ft
Collection consists of English-language lookbooks and other printed promotional materials for Japanese fashion label Issey Miyake, Inc., produced largely between 2014 and 2016.

Roy Little sketchbooks

Creator : Little, Roy

1951-1954, 4 linear ft
Roy Little graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1949 and went on to become a designer for renowned French couturier Jacques Fath. He returned to Parsons as an instructor in 1958 and remained in that position until 1979. The nine numbered sketchbooks held by the New School Archives represent Little's work for Fath.
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Robert Mackintosh costume and fashion design work

Creator : Mackintosh, Robert

1945-1998, 18.4 linear ft
Robert Mackintosh (1925-1998) was a costume and fashion designer whose design career spanned forty years and twenty Broadway productions. He made his Broadway debut designing costumes for the 1952 musical Wish You Were Here and went on to design costumes for both on and off-Broadway productions. In the 1960s, Mackintosh branched out into womenswear design with Musette, a juniors label, which was sold at Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. He went on to design various other womens and menswear lines in the 1970s. The bulk of the collection consists of costume sketches, technical sheets, and swatches from theatrical productions, including The Last Minstrel Show, and Mame. Also included are clippings, fashion publicity, and promotional photographs, as well as approximately 150 women's fashion sketches, and nine menswear sketches.

Stefan fashion design papers

Creator : Mason, Stephen Walton Biddle, Jr.

circa 1945-1976, 1 linear ft
Collection mainly consists of publicity photographs, press clippings, fashion show programs, and other materials related to the fashion design career of Stephen Walton Biddle Mason, Jr., known professionally as Stefan, between the mid-1940s and early 1960s.

Claire McCardell fashion sketches

Creator : McCardell, Claire

1931-1958, 51.2 linear ft
Claire McCardell (1905-1958) graduated from the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) in 1928 and went on to become a pivotal figure in the creation of American ready-to-wear clothing. McCardell received the Coty American Fashion Critics Award in 1944, and in the same year returned to Parsons as a critic and instructor, a position she held for the rest of her life. The Kellen Design Archives has approximately 9,000 of McCardell's working sketches, covering the years 1931-1958; the bulk were produced for Townley Frocks. The collection also includes sketches by Mildred Orrick and Scaasi (Arnold Isaacs) for Townley Frocks.
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Violet Holsinger Mueller papers

Creator : Mueller, Violet Hubbard Holsinger

1926-2010, 2.3 linear feet
Violet Holsinger Mueller (1907-2003) studied fashion design at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) from 1926 through 1929. She worked as an interior designer for the St. Louis-based department store, Stix, Baer & Fuller for over two decades, and also established her own design consultancy in Belleville, Illinois. Her papers include personal materials, as well as documentation created over the course of her education at Parsons and her professional career. Student work includes a number of assignments demonstrating the principles of Dynamic Symmetry in design education.

Parsons School of Design Centenary oral history project

Creator : New School

1994, 13 audiocassettes
The Parsons School of Design Centenary Oral History Project consists of recorded sound interviews with twelve individuals as well as two audio monologues by the project's manager, Martica Sawin. These interviews, all recorded in 1994, cover the history of different academic departments and design disciplines over the course of the twentieth century as experienced by leading former and then-current instructors and administrators. Recordings are all in English.

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).
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Norman Norell collection

Creator : Norell, Norman

1941-1974, 13 linear ft
Norman Norell (1900-1972) was the first American fashion designer to compete successfully with French couture. In 1943, he received the first Coty American Fashion Critics Award, and in 1956 he was inducted into the Coty Hall of Fame. Norell served as a visiting critic at Parsons School of Design from 1943 to 1972. The collection includes awards, biographical material, clippings, fashion sketches, photographs, publicity scrapbooks, and five examples of Norell's clothing.

Mildred Orrick fashion and costume sketches

Creator : Orrick, Mildred

circa 1928-1962, 2.1 linear ft
Fashion designer Mildred Orrick (1906-1994) graduated from the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School for Design) in 1928 and went on to a career as a fashion and costume designer and illustrator, and designed part of the Futurama exhibition at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Orrick was a visiting critic at Parsons from 1947 to 1962. The collection consists of Orrick's fashion and theater costume sketches, 1920s-1950s. Additional Orrick sketches may be found in the Kellen Design Archives' Claire McCardell sketch collection.

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.
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Parsons School of Design academic departments, programs and schools collection (pre-2009 accessions)

Creator : Parsons School of Design

1914-2009, 26 linear ft
Collection contains materials created by academic departments of Parsons School of Design. In addition to documentation of Parsons' main campus in New York City, Includes materials originating from overseas facilities and affiliate schools, such as Otis Art Institute (California), Paris Ateliers/Parsons Paris, and Altos de Chavon (Dominican Republic).

Parsons School of Design slide collection

Creator : Parsons School of Design

circa 1961-1996, 7 linear ft
Consists of thousands of slides (primarily 1970s through the '90s) documenting Parsons student and campus life, including exhibitions, award and fashion shows, guest lectures, field trips, and campus construction projects. Approximately one third of the slides represent the Fashion Design Department-related activities. (Inventory available -- please contact archivist@newschool.edu)

Laura Johnson collection

Creator : Parsons the New School for Design

1958-1998, 0.4 linear ft
Laura Johnson (died 2002) was a New York City socialite and wife of Saks Fifth Avenue executive F. Raymond Johnson. The collection is primarily comprised of photographic prints and press clippings documenting her extensive wardrobe of couture clothing and active social life between the 1950s and late 1990s.
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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.

Parsons School of Design Fashion Design Department records (pre-2008 accessions)

Creator : Parsons the New School for Design. Fashion Design Dept.

1941-2008, undated, 148 linear ft
Contains the records of the Fashion Design Department of Parsons The New School for Design. Records include course syllabi and descriptions, look books, clippings scrapbooks, student work, and annual fashion benefit planning records, photographs, and programs. A name index for searching Parsons alumni and faculty in the clippings scrapbooks may be found at http://guides.library.newschool.edu/index.

Lucie Porges fashion design papers

Creator : Porges, Lucie, 1926-

1950-2011, 9.1 linear feet
The Lucie Porges fashion design papers include biographical materials, fashion sketches, fashion illustrations and fashion photographs, and teaching records. It is of a primarily professional nature, with little documentation of Porges's personal life. The primary activities documented are Porges's fashion design work for Pauline Trigère and her teaching activities at Parsons School of Design.
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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.

Saks Fifth Avenue fashion publicity records

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

1954-1974, 30 linear ft
The collection is comprised of 75 binders of fashion photographs and press materials promoting Saks Fifth Avenue’s clothing lines between 1954 and 1974, including Sophie Gimbel Originals, ready to wear and custom collections from 1954 to 1967. In addition to providing a rich visual record of the dramatic evolution of style over the course of two decades, the photographs, reproductions of fashion sketch sheets, press releases and other materials shed light on Saks' fashion business development and marketing strategy under the leadership of Helen O'Hagan, who succeeded Grace de Mun as Saks publicity director.

Saks News and Saks Fifth Avenue News magazines

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

1952-1976, 0.2 linear ft
Consists of eight issues of a magazine produced for the staff and associates of Saks Fifth Avenue. There are four issues of Saks News, 1952-53; and four issues of Saks Fifth Ave. News, 1969, 1974, 1976. The 1969 issue honors Adam Gimbel, long-time President of Saks, upon his retirement.
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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.

Michaele Vollbracht fashion illustrations

Creator : Vollbracht, Michaele

circa 1972-1986, 16.2 linear ft
Fashion illustrator Michaele Vollbracht (1947- ) graduated from Parsons in 1968, and has since returned periodically as a visiting critic. After working as a design assistant for Geoffrey Beene, Donald Brooks, and Norman Norell, Vollbracht turned to fashion illustration and portraiture. In 1985 Vollbracht published Nothing Sacred, an illustrated memoir, and in 2000 Parsons mounted an exhibition of his work to celebrate the release of the updated version of the book. The bulk of the collection is comprised of fashion illustrations and designer portraits Vollbracht created for a 1972 fashion show celebrating Parsons School of Design's 75th anniversary and the establishment of the school's Gimbel Library. Also includes a sketch of Vollbracht's iconic Bloomingdale's shopping bag of 1975.

Joset Walker fashion design scrapbooks

Creator : Walker, Joset

circa 1932-1988, 4.6 linear ft
French-born Joset Walker (1902-1999) graduated from the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) in 1928, and soon became a leading designer of ready-to-wear clothing for Saks Fifth Avenue's Theatrical Department. In 1932, Walker served briefly as head costume designer for RKO Pictures, working under the name Josette De Lima. She returned to New York and began designing for wholesale manufacturer David M. Goodstein in 1940, before leaving the company to found Joset Walker Designs. Often incorporating Mexican and Guatamalan textiles, colors and styles into her designs for the American market, Walker reached the pinnacle of her career in the 1940s and '50s as a designer of casual, feminine clothing for women. The Joset Walker collection includes pages from Walker's scrapbooks, largely comprised of clippings of advertisements for her designs, but also including publicity, photographs of department store window displays, and ephemera documenting Walker's career.
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Chester Weinberg publicity scrapbook and sketch

Creator : Weinberg, Chester

1953-197, 1.8 linear ft
Chester Weinberg (1931-1985) graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1951 and served as a visiting critic and lecturer on fashion design at the school from 1955 to 1985. Weinberg rose to fame in the 1960s, establishing his own label, Chester Weinberg Ltd. in 1966. He later became a consultant and was appointed design director of Calvin Klein jeans in 1981. The collection consists of a scrapbook containing news clippings, fashion print ads, and photographs primarily chronicling Weinberg’s career from 1966 until 1975, and one fashion sketch.

John Weitz papers

Creator : Weitz, John

1945-1998, 70 linear ft
A leading figure in the development of American ready-to-wear clothing, John Weitz (1923-2002) established one of the first American signature menswear lines. Through various licensing arrangements combined with self-referential advertising campaigns, he established an international consumer base. In addition to fashion design, Weitz pursued an array of other interests, becoming a successful race car driver, yachtsman, bestselling author and photographer. Weitz was a visiting lecturer at Parsons School of Design between 1975 and 1995. The collection includes sketches and design drawings, exhibition files, scrapbooks, newspaper and magazine clippings, publications, photographs, and audiovisual recordings of promotional campaigns, fashion shows and television commercials.
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