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Estelle Hamburger manuscript, "Fashion Business: It's All Yours"

 Collection
Identifier: KA-0089-01

Overview

Manuscript created by Parsons School of Design instructor Estelle Hamburger for the book, Fashion Business: It’s All Yours (Canfield Press, 1976).

Dates

  • 1975

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

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

Estelle Hamburger was born in New York in approximately 1898. She left Barnard College in 1919 to work in the advertising department of Macy's, where she inaugurated a successful career in fashion merchandising. During the 1920s, she was head of promotions at Bonwit Teller and advertising director at Stern's department store before becoming executive vice president of upscale fashion retailer Jay Thorpe in the mid-1930s. In 1941, she established her own fashion merchandising consulting firm, which she led for over three decades. Clients included major department stores across the United States.

A frequent lecturer on fashion and art, Hamburger was a founding member of the influential professional women's organization, the Fashion Group International. She published an instructional memoir, It's a Woman's Business (New York: Vanguard Press, 1939), and encouraged young women to pursue careers in fashion merchandising. She was a faculty member in the Fashion Design Department at Parsons School of Design during the 1972-1973 academic year.

Estelle Hamburger died in New York in 1983.

Extent

0.1 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials

English

Scope and Contents of Collection

Consists of a typescript for the book The Fashion Business: It's All Yours (Canfield Press, 1976). Includes a complete manuscript accompanied by handwritten editorial notes and a carbon copy of a cover letter to editors Cindy Newell and Pearl Vapnek, dated September 29, 1975, in which Hamburger writes that she has approached Parsons students about illustrating her book.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by David C. Levy.

Related Materials

The records of the Fashion Group International, the professional organization Hamburger was instrumental in founding, are held by the New York Public Library.
Title
Guide to the Estelle Hamburger manuscript, "Fashion Business: It's All Yours"
Status
Completed
Author
New School Archives and Special Collections Staff
Date
August 6, 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English