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Guide to the Portrait of Sophie Gimbel, circa 1961

Collection Overview


Kellen Design Archives

Collection Identifier


Creator - Artist

Bouché, René, 1905-1963


Vogue (New York).


Portrait of Sophie Gimbel, circa 1961


0.1 linear ft: 1 illustration (18 1/2 x 25 inches)

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Portrait of Sophie Gimbel, KA.0113, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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Biographical note

Sophie Gimbel (1898-1981) was a stylist and fashion designer for Saks Fifth Avenue's Salon Moderne before marrying Saks' president, Adam L. Gimbel, in 1931. After their marriage, she continued designing under her own label. In 1947, she became the first American fashion designer featured on the cover of Time magazine and, in 1965, she designed Lady Bird Johnson's gown for President Lyndon B. Johnson's inauguration. She retired from Saks Fifth Avenue in 1969. Beginning with its 1974 dedication, the art and design library of Parsons School of Design was named for Adam and, later, Sophie Gimbel.

René Robert Bouché was born in Prague, but spent much of his professional career in France. He was widely associated with French Vogue magazine, for which he contributed fashion illustrations until 1941, when he immigrated to the United States. Bouché continued contributing to American  Vogue, in addition to illustrating advertisements for Saks Fifth Avenue and CBS. He was also a sought-after portraitist. René Robert Bouché died in England in 1963.


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Scope and Content of Collection

Fashion illustration by René Robert Bouché depicting American fashion designer Sophie Gimbel. The illustration appeared in the April 15, 1961 issue of American Vogue with the caption, "Sophie's sari tactics for short evenings." Signed "RRB" in upper right-hand corner.

Prior to the 2014 closure of the Adam and Sophie Gimbel Design Library, a framed reproduction of this illustration hung on a column at the entrance to Parsons School of Design's library in 2 West 13th Street.


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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives - April 29, 2011

66 5th Ave./
lobby level
New York, NY, 10011

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Portrait of Sophie Gimbel, KA.0113, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, 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 Shool Archives. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Helen O'Hagen, Saks Fifth Avenue executive, 1997.

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Related Materials

Other fashion illustrations by René Robert Bouché, including a sketch of Sophie Gimbel being fitted at Saks Fifth Avenue, are held in the New School Archives' René Bouché fashion illustrations (KA.0038).

Publicity materials for Sophie Gimbel's fashion lines will be found in the Saks Fifth Avenue fashion publicity records (KA.0018). The New School Archives also maintains a designer file on Sophie Gimbel, in Designer files collection (PC.08.04.01).


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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • Saks Fifth Avenue (New York, N.Y.).


  • Drawings.
  • Portraits.

Personal Name(s)

  • Gimbel, Sophie, 1898-1981 -- Pictorial works


  • Fashion designers -- United States -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.
  • Fashion drawing.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder
Portrait circa 1961 
k_OSxxx-3 3

Collection Guide Last Updated: 02/28/2017

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