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Guide to the Fashion look books and merchandising collection

Collection Overview

Repository
Kellen Design Archives
Creator
Parsons the New School for Design. Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Design Archives.
Title
Fashion look books and merchandising collection, 1960s-2001, (Bulk, 1990-2001)
Extent
4.4 linear ft: 4 boxes
Summary
Contains printed and moving image publicity materials produced for late 20th century fashion designers. Predominant designers include: Calvin Klein, Donna Karan (DKNY), Joseph Abboud, Pierre Balmain, Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger. Also contains printed materials produced for Parsons' alumni Anna Sui, Badgley Mischka, Isaac Mizrahi, Marc Jacobs, Narcisco Rodriguez, Peter Speliopoulus, and Bruce (Daphne Gutierrez and Nicole Noselli).

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Scope and Contents of Collection

The Fashion look books and merchandising collection is a collection assembled by the Kellen Archives from multiple donations. The collection primarily contains look books and merchandising materials, including press kits and videotapes, dating from the 1990s, with a predominance originating in the late 1990s. Also of note is a folder of publicity materials and internal memos produced by the women's apparel retailer Bonwit Teller's fashion publicity department, including a history of the firm and a copy of an early press release for a collection by a young Calvin Klein.

A number of the designers featured in the collection are former Parsons students and/or critics, including Anna Sui, Isaac Mizrahi, Marc Jacobs, Narcisco Rodriguez, and Donna Karan. Also represented for multiple seasons are Joseph Abboud, Pierre Balmain, Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger.

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Organization and Arrangement

Organized in 2 series. The General series is arranged alphabetically by design firm; the Donna Karan series is alphabetical by format:

  1. General, 1960s-2000
  2. Donna Karan, 1993-2001

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives April 9, 2010

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

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

Press kits for Calvin Klein and Joseph Abboud (1990-1997) donated by DNR magazine, 1997.

Bulk of Donna Karan materials, including videocassettes, donated by the Donna Karan Company, 1997.

Materials for Narcisco Rodriguez, Calvin Klein, Patrick Robinson, Isaac Mizrahi, Joseph Abboud, and Tommy Hilfiger donated by Vanity Fair magazine, 1998.

Bruce publicity packet transferred from Fashion Design Department, 1999.

Look books for Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Celine, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Pierre Balmain, and Cynthia Rowley donated by Town & Country magazine, 2000.

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Related Materials

Photographs of some of these designers critiquing Parsons' student work may be found in the Kellen Design Archives' Photograph collection (PIC.04.001). Designers with selected student work represented in the Parsons' Fashion Design Department records (PIC.02.002.1) include: Donna Karan (as Donna Faske, 1968), Marc Jacobs (1984), Isaac Mizrahi (1980-82), Narcisco Rodriguez (1981-82), and Peter Speliopoulos (1980-82).

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bonwit Teller & Co.
  • Donna Karan Company.

Genre(s)

  • Fashion photographs.
  • Look books.
  • Press kits.
  • Videotapes.

Personal Name(s)

  • Abboud, Joseph
  • Hilfiger, Tommy
  • Klein, Calvin, 1942-

Subject(s)

  • Fashion design -- Catalogs.
  • Fashion merchandising.
  • Fashion shows.

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Collection Inventory

Series I. General 1960s-2000 
Printed materials 1960s-2000 
Title Box Folder
Anna Sui: Fall 1999  1 1
Bonwit Teller  1 2
Bruce: Spring/Summer 1999  1 3
Calvin Klein 1992-1999 
1992 Fall  1 4
1993 Spring  1 5
1993 Fall: Neiman Marcus Collection  1 6
1994 Fall  1 7
1996 Fall  1 8
1997: Eyewear  1 9
1999 Fall  1 10
1999 Holiday  1 11
Title Box Folder
Celine: 1999  1 12
Celine: Fall/Winter 1999  1 13
Cerruti [magazine] (Peter Speliopoulus): Spring/Summer 1999  1 14
Charles Suppon, 1976  1 15
Crazy Horse: Meredith Gladstone, 1970s  1 16
Cynthia Rowley: Fall 1999  1 17
Diane von Furstenberg, 1970s  1 18
Isaac Mizrahi: 1998 Fall/Holiday  1 19
Joseph Abboud 1990-1998 
1990 Fall  1 20
1996 Spring  1 21
1998 Fall  1 22
Title Box Folder
Louis Vuitton: Fall/Winter 1999-2000  1 23
Marc Jacobs: Fall 1999  1 24
Mr. John, 1960s  1 25
Narcisco Rodriguez: 1998 Spring/Summer  1 26
Patrick Robinson: 1998 Fall  1 27
Pierre Balmain 1986-1999 
1986 Summer  1 28
1987-1988 Fall/Winter  1 29
1999-2000 Fall/Winter  1 30
Ralph Lauren 1999 
1999: Ralph  1 31
1999 Fall  1 32
1999 Fall: Polo Jeans  1 33
1999 Fall: Lauren  1 34
Tommy Hilfiger 1998-2000 
1998 Spring/Summer: Women's flagship collections  1 35
1998 Fall: Men's  1 36
1998 Fall: Men's Collection  1 37
1998 Fall: Tommy  1 38
1998 Fall/Holiday: Women's  2 1
1998 Fall/Holiday: Women's/Sportswear/Jeans  2 2
1999 Spring/Summer: Men  2 3
1999 Fall/Holiday: Tommy Jeans  2 4
1999 Fall: Women's  2 5
2000 Spring: Tommy Jeans  2 6
Videocassettes 1991-1998 
Title Box
Anna Sui: Spring 1998. B Video, Inc.  3
Badgley Mischka: Fall 1993. B Video, Inc.  3
Badgley Mischka: Fall 1997. B Video, Inc.  3
Badgley Mischka: Spring 1998. B Video, Inc.  3
Bill Blass: Spring 1998. B Video, Inc.  3
Byron Lars: Spring 1994. B Video, Inc.  3
Calvin Klein Spring 1998 women's collection. B Video, Inc.  3
Carmelo Pomodoro: Fall 1991. April 9, 1991 Show. Video Fashion!  3
Cynthia Rowley: Spring 1998  3
Gucci: Fall 1993  3
Isaac Mizrahi: Fall 1997. B Video, Inc.  3
Isaac Mizrahi: Spring 1998. B Video, Inc.  3
Isaia: Spring/Summer 1991 collection and accessories. Devonish Productions.  3
Joseph Abboud J.O.E. and collection: Fall 1994. Madoff Enterprises   2 items 3
Marc Jacobs: Spring 1998. B Video, Inc.  3
Michael Kors: Fall 1997  3
Michael Kors: Spring 1998. B Video, Inc.  3
Narciso Rodriguez: Spring/Summer 1998. B Video, Inc.  3
Pierre Balmain 1987-1988 Men. Madoff Enterprises  3
Zang Toi: Fall 1993   2 items 3

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Series II. Donna Karan 1993-2001 

Designer Donna Karan (1948- ) attended Parsons in 1968 and 1969 and has been a visiting critic since 1975. She was awarded an honorary degree in 1987. The series includes merchandising materials produced by Donna Karan New York, and includes fashion photographs, advertisements, look books, videocassettes, and press kits.

Printed materials 
Title Box Folder
Catalogs and assorted printed materials, 1993-1997  2 7
k_6 17
Look books, 1994-1999  2 8-16
Press kits, 1993-1997  2 17-18
Woman to Woman magazine, 2001  k_6 17
Videotapes 

Some of these videotapes may also be found in the Gimbel Library Audiovisual Collection.

Title Box
Spring 1993   2 items 4
Summer 1993   4 items 4
Fall 1993   8 items 4
Spring 1994   5 items 4
Fall 1994   5 items 4
"D" Spring 1997 runway show   2 items 4
Spring 1997 DKNY Women Image   1 item 4
Spring 1997 DKNY Women Runway International   1 item 4
Men's Spring 1997   3 items 3
Donna Karan's Fall Preview with Christine Kunzelman, undated   1 item 3

Christine Kunzelman is the maiden name of fashion journalist and author Christine Schwab.

Donna Karan: "E! Entertainment Television, Stylemaker: Donna Karan," 2000 Apr 3   1 item 3

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Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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