James Galanos sketches for Jimi Originals
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In 1950, fashion designer James Galanos (1924- ) started Jimi Originals with Mary Scourby. The company only existed for a short time, but it was the first company to market Galanos' creations under his name. The collection consists of twelve Jimi Originals fashion sketches as well as invoices and notes. Galanos was a critic at Parsons School of Design from 1962 to 1968.
- probably 1950
- Galanos, James, 1924-2016 (Person)
- Jimi Originals (Organization)
0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)
Language of Materials
Scope and Contents of Collection
The twelve sketches in the collection are executed in pencil and depict women's blouses, dresses, skirts, and suits. The collection also includes two business cards for Jimi Originals, receipts from garment and textiles manufacturers, and itemized lists of expenses dating from May and June 1950.
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James Galanos was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1924. After studying at the Traphagen School from 1942-1943, he was hired as an assistant by the designer Hattie Carnegie. He was employed at Columbia Pictures, Robert Piguet, and Davidow, among other short-term projects, during the remainder of the decade.
In 1950, Galanos started Jimi Originals with a friend, Mary Scourby. The company only existed for a short time, but it was the first company to market Galanos' creations under his name. In 1951, Galanos moved to Los Angeles, where he established Galanos Originals. He received the Coty American Fashion Critics Award in 1954 and again in 1956, before his induction into the Coty American Hall of Fame in 1959. He received the Council of Fashion Designers of America Lifetime Achievement Award in 1985. James Galanos served as a visting critic in the Parsons School of Design Fashion Design Department from 1962-1968.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Alexandra Mackler, niece of Mary Scourby, 2002.
- Clothing trade -- New York (State) -- New York (Subject) (Places) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Ephemera (Type of Material) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Fashion design (Subject) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Fashion designers (Occupation) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Sketches (Type of Material) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Women's clothing (Subject) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the James Galanos sketches for Jimi Originals
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- July 27, 2010
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