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Guide to the Dora Mathieu portrait sketches, 1938-1968

Collection Overview

Repository

Kellen Design Archives

Collection Identifier

KA.0032

Creator

Mathieu, Dora

Title

Dora Mathieu portrait sketches, 1938-1968, (Bulk, 1965-1968)

Extent

1 linear ft : 29 illustrations

Summary

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

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Dora Mathieu portrait sketches, KA.0032, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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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
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Dora Mathieu portrait sketches, KA.0032, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Probably transferred to the archvies in 2000.

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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 New School Archives.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Drawings.
  • Portraits.
  • Sketches.

Occupation(s)

  • Illustrators.

Subject(s)

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

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Other Finding Aids note

For selected item-level description and images from the Dora Mathieu portrait sketches, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/KA0032.

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Collection Inventory

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 6
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 6
Ken Scott, 1942 
k_4 6
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: 10/25/2016

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