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Guide to the Francesca Sammaritano student work and teaching examples, 1987-2006

Collection Overview

Repository

Kellen Design Archives

Collection Identifier

KA.0135.01

Creator

Fitch, Fay Chen

Creator

Kohara, Alejandra

Creator

Sammaritano, Francesca

Title

Francesca Sammaritano student work and teaching examples, 1987-2006

Extent

2.9 linear ft: 2 boxes, 1 oversize box

Summary

Francesca Sammaritano is a fashion designer and alumna of Parsons School of Design, as well as a full-time faculty member. The collection is comprised of two student project notebooks maintained by Sammaritano while she was a Fashion BFA student at Parsons School of Design in the late 1980s and two examples of student work created in classes Sammaritano taught as a professor.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Francesca Sammaritano student work and teaching examples, KA.0135.01, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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Biographical Note

Francesca Sammaritano graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1989 with a BFA in Fashion Design. In 1992, Fashion Design Department Chair Frank Rizzo invited her to teach part-time at Parsons while she worked in the fashion industry. In 2007, Sammaritano became a full-time faculty member. As of 2015, she was serving as Curriculum Coordinator for senior year students in the School of Fashion and teaching Creative Technical Studio for Thesis and Integrated Studio, specializing in children's wear and women's wear. She established the Parsons Fashion Council, for which she serves as student liaison.

Sammaritano's professional work in the fashion industry consists of designing, product development consulting and serving as creative director for companies including Donna Karan Company, Halston Baby and Rock Star Baby.

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Scope and Content of Collection

The collection is comprised of two student project notebooks maintained by Francesca Sammaritano while she was a Fashion BFA student at Parsons School of Design in the late 1980s and two examples of student work created in classes Sammaritano taught as a professor.

Sammaritano's student work consists of a two-volume pattern drafting notebook created for a class taught by Fashion Design Department faculty member Marie Marino. Another notebook features notes and pattern pieces for creating a notched collar jacket and was maintained for a senior class taught by Theresa Chiappetta. Sammaritano advises that she constructed a jacket based on the notebook and sold the resultant piece to her college roommate. These notebooks provide detailed instructions for a wide variety of sewing and pattern drafting techniques, along with both illustrated examples and three-dimensional fabric examples sewn by Sammaritano, including small skirts and partial pieces of full-sized jackets.

The collection also includes two notebooks produced by Sammaritano's students, selected by Sammaritano as outstanding examples of student work. One notebook was created by junior Fay Chen Fitch in a design studio draping class Sammaritano taught in her first year as an adjunct professor. The second notebook is a thesis project completed by student Alejandra Kohara in April 2006.

Fabric samples and envelopes containing full pattern sets are stored separately from the other components of each notebook. Through examples of both Sammaritano and her students’ work, this collection provides insight into the learning and teaching processes employed by Parsons students and professors in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.

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Organization and Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Sara Idacavage

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives - March 31, 2015

66 5th Ave./
lobby level
New York, NY, 10011
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Francesca Sammaritano student work and teaching examples, KA.0135.01, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Access Restrictions

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

Donated by Francesca Sammaritano, 2015.

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Related Materials

Additional examples of Francesca Sammaritano's student work will be found in the Parsons School of Design Fashion Design Department records (pre-2008 accessions)(PC.02.02.01), as will examples of Fay Chen Fitch's student work.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • Parsons the New School for Design. Fashion Design Dept.

Genre(s)

  • Notebooks.
  • Patterns (guides).
  • Samples.
  • Student projects.

Personal Name(s)

  • Chiappetta, Theresa
  • Marino, Marie

Subject(s)

  • Fashion design -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century.

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Collection Inventory

Pattern drafting notebooks, 1987-1988 

Notebooks were previously divided into two separate binders containing consecutive materials, which Sammaritano refers to in her table of contents as "Book N.1" and "Book N.2." Notebooks are then further divided into sections by subject (such as darts, tucks, gathers, necklines, and yokes), which have been retained.

1 1-4
OSx-1 1-2
Jacket notebook, 1988-1989 
1 5
OSx-1 3
Draping notebook by Fay Chen Fitch, 1993-1994 

Notebook begins in September 1993 and continues into the spring of 1994, and is divided by subjects, such as how to create a four-gored skirt, princess dress, and notched collar jacket, which Fitch used as her final project. Additionally, Fitch’s notebook contains inspirational photos scanned from books and magazines, as well as three-dimensional fabric pieces used to illustrate jacket-sewing techniques, including lined pockets and bound buttonholes.

1 6
2 1
OSx-1 4
Thesis project notebook by Alejandra Kohara, 2005-2006 

Notebook includes a variety of materials used to plan and create a collection of seven ensembles, which Kohara titled “Happy Tansila.” In addition to extensive pattern record cards and other construction notes, the notebook contains photocopied pages of what appears to be a textbook of sewing techniques, presumably illustrating the methods used by Kohara to create her collection.

1 7-8
2 2-8

Collection Guide Last Updated: 02/28/2017

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