Tag Archives: Special Collections

On this day in fashion history…

On this day in fashion history, May 9, 1912, the first issue of poet Pierre Corrard’s luxury fashion almanac Modes et manières d’aujourd’hui (Fashion and manners of today) was published. Corrard was inspired to create the publication after observing three … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Halston, The Hat Man

Cloche hats, toques, doll hats, and snoods…yes, this is one of Halston’s designs! When many of us think of Halston, we think of heady perfume, sultry synthetics and Studio 54.  Most of the world remembers Halston for his designs and … Continue reading

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October Treasure of the Month: Monte Santo & Pruzan

This month’s treasure comes from Special Collections and FIT Archives. It features the wonderful sketches and swatches collection of the coats and suits manufacturer Monte Santo & Pruzan. Vincent Monte Santo was the man who started it all. In 1915 … Continue reading

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Then & Now

(left) Cornelis de Vos  (Flemish, Hulst 1584/85–1651 Antwerp), Portrait of a Young Woman, Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Accession Number: 71.46. (right) Jacques Fath (Designed in America for Joseph Halpert), Lord & Taylor ad, published September 1952. Special Collections and FIT Archives.

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Fashion in Black & White- Part IV, Graphics

This is the last and final part of the special four-parts post Fashion in Black & White. In the past three weeks, I have attempted to show that the combination of black and white is a theme most, if not all, … Continue reading

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March Treasure of The Month- André Studios

I am especially thrilled to introduce this month’s treasure, as I was one the many who worked on this wonderful project. This is a collaboration between the Picture Collection of The New York Public Library  and FIT’s Special Collections. It … Continue reading

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January Treasure of the Month:The Golden Age of Pochoir

By Cassidy Zachary  In the 1910s and 20s, there was an outpouring of luxury, limited-edition publications which utilized a hand-stenciling technique known as pochoir (French for “stencil”). The technique, which consisted of built-up layers of gouache paint or watercolor, produced … Continue reading

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December Treasure of the Month

What are you wearing to your New Year’s Eve party? undecided? Here are some ideas from the Bergdorf Goodman Archives, now at FIT’s Special Collections. These dresses and others were available for customers to order through Bergdorf’s Custom Salon from … Continue reading

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New Exhibition: Incomparable Women of Style

Incomparable Women of Style Selections from the Rose Hartman Photography Archives, 1977-2011 On View in FIT’s Gladys Marcus Library November 4, 2011-January 20, 2012 (text from press release)Photographer Rose Hartman has been chronicling iconic moments in fashion, style, and culture for … Continue reading

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October Treasure of the Month

Bonnie Cashin Sketch Collection At Special Collections and FIT Archive Bonnie Cashin, born in Fresno, California in 1908, had a very successful costume and clothing design career spanning sixty years. Cashin began designing for herself at an early age, working … Continue reading

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