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Guide to the Carl Erickson (Eric) fashion illustrations

Collection Overview

Kellen Design Archives
Erickson, Carl
Carl Erickson (Eric) fashion illustrations
1 linear ft : 9 folders (12 illustrations)
Carl Erickson (1891-1958), who signed his work "Eric," was a leading fashion illustrator whose drawings appeared in Vogue and  Harper's Bazaar, among other publications. In 1964, Parsons School of Design hosted a retrospective of Erickson's work. The Kellen Design Archives' collection consists of twelve works, possibly originating from that exhibit.

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Biographical note

Born in Joliet, Illinois in 1891, Carl Erickson received a formal arts education at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, known today as the Art Institute of Chicago. Before moving to New York in 1914, Erickson worked on advertising accounts for such clients as the Chicago-based department store, Marshall Field's, and the Lord & Thomas ad agency.

Working from a studio in New York's Flatiron Building, Erickson launched his fashion ilustration career drawing for the trade journal, the Dry Goods Economist. His media included charcoal, pencil, Chinese ink, watercolor, and gouache. Around this time, he began signing his illustrations and portraits, “Eric.”

In 1920, Erickson moved to Paris, where he began illustrating for French Vogue. He lived in Paris with his family for two decades before returning to the United States. Although Erickson is best known for his  Vogue illustrations, he also created commercial artwork for a number of corporate clients.

Following Erickson's death in 1958, the Brooklyn Museum and Parsons School of Design hosted retrospectives of his work in 1959 and 1964, respectively. Today, Erickson is recognized as one of the most influential fashion illustrators of the twentieth century.


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Scope and Contents of Collection

The collection consists of twelve drawings, which range in size from 12 x 14 inches to 25 x 39 inches. All drawings featuring dates are dated 1949.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives April 11, 2012

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.

Custodial History note

Drawings in the collection were displayed in the Fashion Design Department of Parsons School of Design prior to their transfer to the Kellen Design Archives. Parsons School of Design hosted an exhibition of Erickson's work in 1964 at which numerous drawings were sold. The drawings in the Kellen Design Archives' collection may represent unsold drawings from that exhibition.

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Related Materials

Records related to the 1964 exhibition of Eric drawings at Parsons School of Design may be found in the Parsons Institutional Collections, Printed materials record group, Exhibitions series (PIC.05.004.1). The Parsons School of Design Alumni Association records (PIC.03.002.1) include black and white photographs depicting the exhibition.

Additional fashion illustrations by Eric will be found in the Kellen Design Archives in the Juke Goodman collection of fashion illustrations (KA.0112).


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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects


  • Fashion illustrators.


  • Fashion drawing.
  • Fashion illustration.
  • Women's clothing -- United States -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.

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Collection Inventory

Title Map-case Folder
Illustrations  C 3 1-4, 7
k_4 7
k_OSxxx-1 8-10

Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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