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Guide to the Suzy Ehrlich fashion illustrations, circa 1950s-1960s

Collection Overview

Repository

Kellen Design Archives

Collection Identifier

KA.0064

Creator - Artist

Ehrlich, Suzy, 1919-2006

Title

Suzy Ehrlich fashion illustrations, circa 1950s-1960s

Extent

3.2 linear ft: 2 oversize boxes

Summary

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.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Suzy Ehrlich fashion illustrations, KA.0064, box __, folder __, New School Archives, The New School, New York, New York.

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Biographical note

Suzy Lorraine Heitler Ehrlich was born in New York in 1919. She began taking drawing classes in the late 1940s at the Art Students League, where she met her future husband, Sol Ehrlich. During the 1950s and 1960s, Ehrlich's illustrations appeared in Women's Wear Daily,  Look, and  Life magazines. She also created illustrations for sewing and pattern publications. Ehrlich worked as a freelancer from a home studio, employing models wearing garments sent to her by clients.

Ehrlich returned to the classroom during the 1960s to study illustration with Jack Potter, a charismatic and talented instructor at the School of Visual Arts. Potter was noted for teaching a course titled “Drawing and Thinking" and had a great influence on Ehrlich's work. She was also inspired by the work of Peter Max. Ehrlich also taught drawing classes in her home and in her later years worked for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in production, designing objects for their gift store.

Suzy Lorraine Ehrlich died March 2, 2006 in New York City, where she had lived her entire life.

Biographical information provided by donors of collection.

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Scope and Contents of Collection

The Suzy Lorraine Ehrlich illustrations consist of 69 fashion illustrations created by Ehrlich using ink, watercolor, gouache, pastels, crayon, marker, and collage elements. The collection also includes two mailers advertising Milliken yarns featuring Ehrlich illustrations.

The illustrations document the evolution of Ehrlich's style over approximately two decades. Although use of vibrant colors is prevalent throughout the collection, later drawings also demonstrate experimentation with abstracted settings, often depicting female figures imposed over male forms. Noteworthy are two drawings depicting women's silhouettes rendered entirely in black ink. The more experimental illustrations may have been inspired by classes taken with School of Visual Arts instructor Jack Potter.

The collection does not contain textual documentation, nor does it include Ehrlich's later work. No illustrations feature evidence of date of creation or client.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives - September 24, 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)], Suzy Ehrlich fashion illustrations, KA.0064, box __, folder __, New School Archives, The New School, New York, New York.

Conditions Governing Access note

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 note

Donated by Sally Ehrlich Hoffman and Steve Ehrlich, Suzy Ehrlich's daughter and son, 2006.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Drawings.
  • Fashion illustrations (layout features).

Occupation(s)

  • Fashion illustrators.

Subject(s)

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

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Other Finding Aids note

For selected item-level description and images from the Suzy Ehrlich fashion illustrations, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/KA0064.

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Collection Inventory

Fashion illustrations, circa 1950s-1960s 
OSx-1 1-5
OSxx-1 1-8
Mailer for Milliken yarns, probably 1960s 
k_3 5

Collection Guide Last Updated: 10/25/2016

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