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THESE CHANEL ILLOS ARE HOTTER THAN, WELL, SOMETHING VERY HOT

Our very own Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives owns some truly excellent fashion illustrations. Like these beauts of Chanel getups over the ages. Here’s a 1916 sketch from the files of Max Meyer (1876-1953), who later became president … Continue reading

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DESIGNER CHARLES JAMES WAS NOT A GENIUS: DISCUSS

Hue noticed a rather interesting passage in Charles James, a book about the designer (1906-1978), sometimes called “America’s first couturier,” who designed the famous “clover leaf” dresses, and other garments (some of which are in the collection of The Museum … Continue reading

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ELEANOR LAMBERT STARTED PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING AND NOW FIT OWNS A TON OF HER STUFF

Back when John Tiffany was in high school, he was researching the 1973 Battle of Versailles fashion show for a speechwriting project, and someone suggested he call Eleanor Lambert, the legendary publicist who organized it. “She answered the phone, gave … Continue reading

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HUE THINKS ABOUT BEGINNINGS AND BECOMES CHOKED UP WITH NOSTALGIA

Hue is thinking about beginnings.  The beginnings of the Fashion Institute of Technology, for example:   The above photograph actually represents a second beginning for FIT: In 1958, the college broke ground on West 27th Street, where it remains today.  … Continue reading

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