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Guide to the Estelle Hamburger manuscript, "Fashion Business: It's All Yours," 1975

Collection Overview

Kellen Design Archives
Hamburger, Estelle
Parsons the New School for Design. Fashion Design Dept.
Estelle Hamburger manuscript, "Fashion Business: It's All Yours", 1975
0.2 linear ft: 2 folders
Manuscript created by Parsons School of Design instructor Estelle Hamburger for the book, Fashion Business: It’s All Yours (Canfield Press, 1976).

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Biographical note

Estelle Hamburger was born in New York in approximately 1898. She left Barnard College in 1919 to work in the advertising department of Macy's, where she inaugurated a successful career in fashion merchandising. During the 1920s, she was head of promotions at Bonwit Teller and advertising director at Stern's department store before becoming executive vice president of upscale fashion retailer Jay Thorpe in the mid-1930s. In 1941, she established her own fashion merchandising consulting firm, which she led for over three decades. Clients included major department stores across the United States.

A frequent lecturer on fashion and art, Hamburger was a founding member of the influential professional women's organization, the Fashion Group International. She published an instructional memoir, It's a Woman's Business (New York: Vanguard Press, 1939), and encouraged young women to pursue careers in fashion merchandising. She was a faculty member in the Fashion Design Department at Parsons School of Design during the 1972-1973 academic year.

Estelle Hamburger died in New York in 1983.


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Scope and Contents of Collection

Consists of a typescript for the book The Fashion Business: It's All Yours (Canfield Press, 1976). Includes a complete manuscript accompanied by handwritten editorial notes and a carbon copy of a cover letter to editors Cindy Newell and Pearl Vapnek, dated September 29, 1975, in which Hamburger writes that she has approached Parsons students about illustrating her book.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives August 6, 2010

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Use Restrictions

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Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by David C. Levy.

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Related Materials

The records of the Fashion Group International, the professional organization Hamburger was instrumental in founding, are held by the New York Public Library.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects


  • Manuscripts.
  • Notebooks.


  • Fashion merchandising.
  • Fashion -- Vocational guidance.

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Collection Inventory

Title Box Folder
Manuscript  k_3 8-9

Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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