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William Frawley fashion sketches

Identifier: KA-0088


Contains eight watercolor sketches by Frawley, who graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1983 and returned as an instructor from 1989 to 1996. Frawley is known for his illustrations in Parsons classmate Isaac Mizrahi's The Adventures of Sandee the Supermodel.


  • before 2000



0.1 Cubic Feet (8 illustrations)

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Scope and Contents

The sketches, measuring 23 x 30 cm and executed in watercolor and pencil, depict women's apparel.

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Biographical note

William Frawley graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1983 with a BFA in Fashion Design and worked as a designer for Perry Ellis during the remainder of the decade. In 1989, he began a freelance design career, designing for clients such as Gordon Henderson, Liz Claibourne, Isaac Mizrahi, The Limited, Lantis Eyeware, and 9 West/Jones Apparel Group, where he served as creative director for Anne Klein, among other brands. In 2009, Frawley established his own company, specializing in shoes, bags, and accessories.

In addition to designing, Frawley illustrated Parsons classmate Isaac Mizrahi's comic book The Adventures of Sandee the Super Model (1997) and taught in Parsons' Fashion Design Department.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Parsons School of Design Fashion Design Department, 2000.

Related Materials

Slides of Frawley acting as a visiting critic for the Parsons School of Design Fashion Design Department will be found in the New School Archives' Parsons School of Design photograph collection (pre-2008 accessions) (PC.04.01.01).

Guide to the William Frawley fashion sketches
New School Archives and Special Collections Staff
July 26, 2010
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