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Guide to the Dora Mathieu portrait sketches, 1938-1968

Collection Overview

Kellen Design Archives
Mathieu, Dora
Dora Mathieu portrait sketches, 1938-1968 (bulk 1965-1968)
1 linear ft : 29 illustrations
Dora Mathieu (1909-1980) taught fashion drawing in the Parsons School of Design Fashion Illustration Department, 1964-1966. The Kellen Design Archives holds 29 of Mathieu's sketches, depicting notable designers of the mid-20th century. Although the earliest dated portrait is from 1938, the bulk of the collection was created between 1965 and 1968.

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Biographical note

Dora Mathieu was born in Schenechtady, New York in 1909. She studied at the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, to which she later returned as an instructor from 1955 through 1957. From 1945 until 1952, Mathieu taught at the Art Students League in New York and exhibited with the Society of Illustrators. She later taught fashion illustration at Parsons School of Design during the 1964-1965 and 1965-1966 academic years.

Art Students League advertisements indicate that she used the name "Dora de Vries" until 1951, when she began using "Dora Mathieu."

Source: Byrnes, Gene and A. Thornton Bishope. A Complete Guide to Drawing, Illustration, Cartooning, and Painting. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1948, 288.


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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of 29 sketches executed in colored pencil on sketchbook paper. All are signed, "Dora." The sketches range in size from 10 x 15 inches to 18 x 24 inches. The subjects are notable designers of the mid-20th century, and include Stella Brooks, Sophie Gimbel, Anne Klein, Vera Maxwell, and Emilio Pucci.

Some sketches exhibit discoloration and adhesive residue from tape.


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Organization and Arrangement

Portraits are arranged alphabetically by subject's last name.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives August 6, 2010

66 5th Ave./
lobby level/
New York, NY, 10011

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the Kellen Design Archives. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

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Related Materials

A letter from Dora Mathieu to Bonwit Teller display designer Dan Arje is present in the Dan Arje papers (KA.0001) in the Kellen Design Archives.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects


  • Drawings.
  • Portraits.
  • Sketches.


  • Illustrators.


  • Fashion designers -- United States -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.
  • Fashion drawing.

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Collection Inventory

Title Box Folder
Stella Brooks, 1968  k_OSxx-3 8
Bonnie Cashin, undated  k_OSxx-3 8
Betse Conn, 1947  k_OSx-2 7
Eloise Curtis, 1968  k_OSxx-3 7
Emile de John of Alex de John, 1968  k_OSxx-3 8
Jane Derby, 1965  k_OSx-2 7
Theodora Edelman, 1965  k_OSx-2 7
June Francis of Junior Sophisticates, 1968  k_OSxx-3 8
Sophie Gimbel, 1965  k_OSx-2 7
Julia Harris, 1965  k_OSx-2 7
Elizabeth Hawes, 1938  k_4 10
Ria Herlenger, 1965  k_OSx-2 7
Stan Herman of Mr. Mort, 1968  k_OSxx-3 7
Theo Hyngstrom of Junior Boutique, 1968  k_OSxx-3 7
Jane Justin of Don Sophisticates, 1968  k_OSxx-3 7
Anne Klein, 1965  k_OSx-2 7
Vera Maxwell, 1965  k_OSx-2 7
Ken Meritt of Braetan, 1968  k_OSxx-3 7
Tom Nasarre of Junior Sophisticates, 1968  k_OSxx-3 8
William Pahlmann and Pauline Trigere, undated  k_OSx-2 7
Sylvia Pedlar, 1965  k_OSx-2 7
Pucci, 1968  k_OSx-2 7
Rikki, 1965  k_OSx-2 7
Joel Schumacher, 1964  k_4 10
Ken Scott, 1942  k_4 10
Evelyn Sini of Stiletto, 1968  k_OSxx-3 7
Helen Sisson, 1965  k_OSx-2 7
Stella Sloat, 1965  k_OSx-2 7
Faye Wagner of Dani Jrs., 1968  k_OSxx-3 7

Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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