Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject HeadingsScope Note: Here are entered works on the design of costumes for the stage, screen, or special events. Works on the design of clothing and accessories for personal wear are entered under Fashion design.
Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:
Abstract Charles Le Maire (1897-1985) began his costume design career in the 1920s creating costumes for vaudevillian musicals and revues. Later, he served as executive designer for Twentieth Century-Fox. In the 1950s, Le Maire established his own business in Hollywood, taking private commissions and continuing his film design work, and earning thirteen Oscar nominations and three Oscars for Best Costume Design. The collection consists of seventeen Le Maire sketches, including work for the ...
Dates: circa 1924-1950s
Summary Donald Brooks (1928-2005) was a prominent American fashion designer who, in addition to creating ready-to-wear collections and custom apparel, designed costumes for film, television, and theater. He taught at Parsons School of Design for approximately forty years. The collection includes photographs, publicity materials, and original fashion and costume design sketches.
Dates: 1957 - 2003
Summary The collection includes class notes and a clip book documenting decorative styles compiled by Ethel Epstein (who later used the surnames Dean and Evans) when she was a student at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) in the Interior Architecture and Decoration Department, around 1925. Also includes textile and wallpaper samples designed by Dean, probably dating from the 1950s, and a portfolio of her costume design drawings for the Broadway production of...
Dates: probably 1925 - circa 1950s
Summary Francis Geck (1900-2005) graduated from the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) in 1924 and taught interior design at the school's Paris Ateliers until 1927. Following a professional career in his native Detroit, Geck became a professor of Fine Arts at University of Colorado, where he taught for 39 years. The papers contain correspondence with Parsons administrators, including Frank Alvah Parsons, design renderings and student work, publications, and...
Dates: 1923 - 2001
Summary French-born Joset Walker (1902-1999) graduated from the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) in 1928, and soon became a leading designer of ready-to-wear clothing for Saks Fifth Avenue's Theatrical Department. In 1932, Walker served briefly as head costume designer for RKO Pictures, working under the name Josette De Lima. She returned to New York and began designing for wholesale manufacturer David M. Goodstein in 1940, before leaving the company to found...
Dates: circa 1932-1988; Majority of material found within 1932 - 1955
Summary After graduating from Parsons School of Design in 1945, Margaret Hodge became director of fashion marketing at Vogue, and in 1967 established her own fashion publicity business. Hodge led multiple marketing campaigns, tying clothing lines to the style and fashion of Hollywood films. The collection largely consists of examples of promotional material from Hollywood films, including publicity, set and costume design photographs, press kits, event announcements and...
Dates: 1945 - 1980; Majority of material found within 1962 - 1976
Abstract Fashion designer Mildred Orrick (1906-1994) graduated from the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School for Design) in 1928 and went on to a career as a fashion and costume designer and illustrator, and designed part of the Futurama exhibition at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Orrick was a visiting critic at Parsons from 1947 to 1962. The collection consists of Orrick's fashion and theater costume sketches, 1920s-1950s. Additional Orrick sketches may be found in the...
Dates: circa 1928-1962
Abstract Norman Norell (1900-1972) was the first American fashion designer to compete successfully with French couture. In 1943, he received the first Coty American Fashion Critics Award, and in 1956 he was inducted into the Coty Hall of Fame. Norell served as a visiting critic at Parsons School of Design from 1943 to 1972. The collection includes awards, biographical material, clippings, fashion sketches, photographs, publicity scrapbooks, and five examples of Norell's clothing.
Dates: 1941 - 1974
Summary With a career that extended from the 1930s to the 1960s, Raymond Driscoll (1915-2004) was perhaps most widely known for his annual best and worst-dressed lists. He also achieved recognition for his costume designs for Mexican film stars. The collection is comprised of Driscoll's scrapbook of photographs, news clippings, invitations, and greeting cards from film stars and politicians documenting his work in the 1940s and 1950s, as well as original fashion sketches.
Dates: circa 1942 - 1961
Summary Robert Mackintosh (1925-1998) was a costume and fashion designer whose design career spanned forty years and twenty Broadway productions. He made his Broadway debut designing costumes for the 1952 musical Wish You Were Here and went on to design costumes for both on and off-Broadway productions. In the 1960s, Mackintosh branched out into womenswear design with Musette, a juniors label, which was sold at Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. He went on to...
Dates: 1945 - 1998