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Margaret Lange student notebook

Identifier: KA-0050


Margaret Louise Lange's notebook, produced while a student of Costume Design and Illustration at Parsons School of Design, 1938-1939, includes lecture notes, sketches, color studies and fashion clippings.


  • 1938 - 1939



0.5 Cubic Feet (2 binders)

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Scope and Contents of Collection

Consists of a student notebook divided into the following sections: First Year Problems, Painting -- Miss Basky, Research, Perspective and Layout, Perspective in Drawing Clothes and the Figure, Color, Cut Dress Design and Rules of Design, Victorian and Edwardian Influence in Fashion. The section titled "Perspective and Layout" consists primarily of exercises in understanding Dynamic Symmetry, a system of composition devised by Jay Hambidge and taught at the school for many years.

Notebook pages consist of handwritten notes and reports; drawings executed in pencil, tempera, and watercolors; and clippings of women's apparel. Many of the pages also feature an unidentified instructor's comments.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use. Please contact for appointment.

Use Restrictions

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Biographical note

Margaret Louise Lange Nickerson attended the New York School of Fine and Applied Art beginning in 1938. She later married and resided in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

Custodial History

Margaret Lange gave the notebook to the donor, a neighbor, in the 1970s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Carolyn R. Guss, Lange's neighbor, 2007.

Related Materials

Researchers may wish to consult the New School Archive's additional holdings of student work from the Costume Design Department to gain perspective on fashion design education.

Guide to the Margaret Lange student notebook
New School Archives and Special Collections Staff
August 11, 2010
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