Friday, March 16

F4T: André Studios Archive at NYPL and Douglas Ferguson at Frock

 André Studios Peplum Suit, 1939

The Picture Collection of the New York Public Library and the Special Collections & FIT Archives of the Fashion Institute of Technology Library have teamed up to create a digital archive of fashion drawings and sketches by André Studios, a subscription-only Garment District sketch firm whose designs were widely circulated in the United States and Canada in the 1930s. André Studios 1930-1941: Fashion Drawings & Sketches in the Collections of the Fashion Institute of Technology and the New York Public Library boasts more than 5,000 original drawings by the company, including some renderings of so-hot-right-now peplum suits (above). The collaboration was fostered by Susan Chute, former supervising librarian of the Mid-Manhattan Library Picture Collection, who realized that the two institutions had overlapping collections of André Studios designs. The archive allows visitors to search the designs, enlarge them, and share them with others via e-mail or social media website. It’s also accessible from any smart device or computer.

If you are in NYC this weekend, pop by Frock, a high-end vintage consignment store located at 170 Elizabeth Street in NoLita, to see Douglas Ferguson's chain-mail fashion designs, like the sexy mini dress above. Ferguson's designs were ubiquitous among the 1970s and 1980s jetset. The items on view are available for purchase, but they don't come cheap; prices start at about $1,500.00 for a shawl and go up to $12,000.00 for a mesh gown. The mini-exhibition and sale end this Sunday, 3/18.

S.S.W. Asks: What fashion archives and/or exhibitions are on your must-see list?


1 comment:

Audrey Allure said...

Interesting but so pricey!