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Guide to the William Frawley fashion sketches, before 2000

Collection Overview

Kellen Design Archives
Frawley, William
William Frawley fashion sketches
0.3 linear ft: 8 illustrations
Contains eight watercolor sketches by Frawley, who graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1983 and returned as an instructor from 1989 to 1996. Frawley is known for his illustrations in Parsons classmate Isaac Mizrahi's The Adventures of Sandee the Supermodel.

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Biographical note

William Frawley graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1983 with a BFA in Fashion Design and worked as a designer for Perry Ellis during the remainder of the decade. In 1989, he began a freelance design career, designing for clients such as Gordon Henderson, Liz Claibourne, Isaac Mizrahi, The Limited, Lantis Eyeware, and 9 West/Jones Apparel Group, where he served as creative director for Anne Klein, among other brands. In 2009, Frawley established his own company, specializing in shoes, bags, and accessories.

In addition to designing, Frawley illustrated Parsons classmate Isaac Mizrahi's comic book The Adventures of Sandee the Super Model (1997) and taught in Parsons' Fashion Design Department.


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Scope and Contents note

The sketches, measuring 23 x 30 cm and executed in watercolor and pencil, depict women's apparel.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives July 26, 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

Received from Parsons School of Design Fashion Design Department, 2000.

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Related Materials

Slides of Frawley acting as a visiting critic for the Parsons School of Design Fashion Design Department will be found in the Kellen Design Archives' Slide Collection (PIC.04).

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects


  • Sketches.


  • Fashion designers.


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

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Collection Inventory

Title Box Folder
Sketches  k_3 6

Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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