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Guide to the Givenchy Nouvelle Boutique showroom books, 1972-1974

Collection Overview

Kellen Design Archives
Givenchy Nouvelle Boutique.
Givenchy Nouvelle Boutique showroom books, 1972-1974
2.2 linear ft: 4 boxes
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.

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Historical note

In 1969, French designer Hubert de Givenchy (1927- ) launched a ready-to-wear collection in response to declining couture profits. The Givenchy Nouvelle Boutique lines of clothing and accessories were initially sold in the United States exclusively through Bergdorf-Goodman stores. The showroom books in the Kellen Design Archives were used in the New York store, which opened in approximately 1970.

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Scope and Contents of Collection

The showroom sales books, originally housed in plastic binder sleeves, feature women's apparel and accessories, including belts, hats, jewelry, handbags and wallets, and scarves. The books were used by Givenchy Nouvelle Boutique sales staff and contain printed price lists, photocopied illustrations and fabric swatches for apparel. Many pages feature handwritten annotations regarding pricing and fabric availability. Some books include a small amount of public relations materials. Materials in French and in English.

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Organization and Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by season. Folder titles supplied by donor.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives December 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Wendy Samuel, 1999.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bergdorf Goodman (New York, N.Y.).


  • Drawings.
  • Swatches.

Personal Name(s)

  • Givenchy, Hubert de, 1927-


  • Belts.
  • Clothing and dress -- United States -- 20th century.
  • Fashion merchandising.
  • Handbags.
  • Hats.
  • Jewelry.
  • Women's clothing -- United States -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.

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Collection Inventory

Title Box Folder
Spring/Summer 1972: Accessories  1 1
Fall/Winter 1972-1973  1 2-4
Fall/Winter 1972-1973: Accessories  1 5-7
Spring 1973  2 1-2
Title Box Folder
Spring 1973: Fabric swatches  2 3-5
3 1
Title Box Folder
Spring/Summer 1973  2 6-7
3 1
Title Box Folder
Fall/Winter 1973-74  3 2-8
4 1-2
Spring 1974: Part I of 2  4 3-5
Spring 1974: Part 2 of 2  4 6-8

Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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