Parsons 2017 Fashion Benefit

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Archive Collection

Dress & Emotion: The Exhibition

Dress & Emotion: The Exhibition showcases the cumulative results of a three-year long research project that seeks to explore the emotional and sensory act of dressing. The images and objects on display aim to depict themes of body image, identity/self-curation, representation and the messaging of dress. The opening reception will take place Thursday, February 11, […]

Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré Digital Archive Presentation

Rita Airaghi, Director and General Manager of Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré, will introduce the digital archives for fashion design research and provide an overview of how to navigate the website. The digital archive enables students, scholars and faculty the opportunity to examine and experience Gianfranco Ferré’s fashion work in an effective and hands-on way. This presentation, […]


Mission and Background: The mission of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC) is to generate an active dialogue on the role of innovative art and design in responding to our contemporary world. Its critical curatorial agenda, provoked by current environmental and social challenges, reflects and advances creative research and pedagogic practices. The exhibition and […]

Parsons Festival: Sophie Gimbel Presentation

On Monday, as part of the Parsons Festival, Professor Beth Dincuff, BFA Fashion History Instructor, presented a lecture – including Archive garments – on American designer and Parsons benefactor, Sophie Gimbel. Gimbel’s career began in 1929 as a stylist at Saks Fifth Avenue’s custom dress shop Salon Moderne; within two years she was director and […]

Marisa Tomei wears vintage Charles James to the Oscars

Sacrament or sacrilege? Wearing a vintage Charles James on the red carpet is a risky venture. It is not the same as wearing vintage Valentino as Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts and the Jennifers (Garner, Lopez, etc.) have, or even vintage Balmain a la Penelope Cruz at the 2009 Oscars. It took a generous dose of […]

The Timeless Appeal of Norman Norell

That buttonhole. The hand sewn buttonhole; the mark of an exquisitely made garment. “No one does this kind of work anymore” my Mother pointed out to me when we went shopping for her clothes. “Norell, Norman Norell, made the most beautiful buttonholes. . . Not like this.” She would say as she held up an unfortunate […]

Prestigious Shoe Designer Book

Congratulations to the Julianelli family, for a long overdue publication honoring their family of shoe designers.  Mabel and Charles Julianelli were shoe designers who reached the top of their field in 1950, and still influences designers to this day. Some of their work is in the Parsons Archive Collection, and we are pleased to note […]

Jessie Franklin Turner

   There has been a lot buzz surrounding renowned custom dressmaker Jessie Franklin Turner lately, what with her inclusion in the Costume Institute’s American Women exhibition as well as The Museum at FIT’s American Beauty, the many years deceased fashion maker is looking a bit like the Deb of the Year. Franklin Turner herself would have […]

Sophie Gimbel and the Salon Moderne

The name Sophie Gimbel should be familiar to anyone in the New School University community as it is Gimbel, together with her husband, Adam Gimbel, former president of Saks Fifth Avenue, whose names adorn the University’s Design Library. To the general public though, Gimbel’s name is not so recognizable, and her contributions to American fashion, […]