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Francesca Sammaritano student work and teaching examples

 Collection
Identifier: KA-0135-01

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.

Dates

  • 1987 - 2006

Creator

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.

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.

Extent

1.5 Cubic Feet (2 boxes, 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials

English

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.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Francesca Sammaritano, 2015.

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.
Title
Guide to the Francesca Sammaritano student work and teaching examples
Status
Completed
Author
Sara Idacavage
Date
March 31, 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin