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Oral Histories

The Oral History Project of the Fashion Industries contains close to 400 interviews of prominent 20th-century fashion industry insiders, including Ralph Lauren, Liz Claiborne, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Vera Maxwell, as well as members of the FIT faculty and staff. This collection of in-depth interviews with individuals in every segment of the fashion business creates a broad historical record that is drawn directly from the knowledgeable, informal, and often colorful verbalization of its practitioners. FIT's Oral History Project is a unique record of facts, ways and means, points of view, practice and personality that could be preserved in no other way.  

Some of the recordings (video and audio) are available via Archive on Demand.

The Oral History collection is divided into several different subseries:

FIT Talks

Oral history project of the fashion industries 

The Oral history project of the fashion industries began informally in the late 1970s, and was officially funded by a grant from the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries beginning in 1981. The project was guided by an industry advisory committee chaired by Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Jr.. 

The Bloomingdales interviews, 1986-1987

Bergdorf Goodman oral histories, 1977 and 1994, bulk 1994

FIT 50th Anniversary oral histories, 1994

Ford Models oral histories, 2010

Fragrance Foundation oral histories

Norman Norell oral histories

Maurice Rentner oral histories, 1982 May 11-September 20

Saks Fifth Avenue oral histories

Oral History of FIT

Robert L. Green talks and interviews

 

Oral History Project of the Fashion Industries

Robert Abajian interview, 1985 January 19
Gradina Aprile interview, 1989 March 8
Morris Aranoff interview, 1983 February 9
Stephen Aranoff interview, 1983 February 9
Nat and Irving Bader interview, 1982 May 24
Stanley Barrows interview, circa 1980s
Geoffrey Beene interview, 1989 March 9
Robert Bendheim interview, 1984 January 30
Marvin Beinenfeld interview, 1983 April 26
Hazel Bishop interview, 1981 April 17 & May 15
Max Mornstein interview, 1990 February 22
Leonard Boxer interview, 1986 May
Bario Buatta interview, 1987 Spring
Henry Callahan interview, 1980 June 10
Bonnie Cashin interview, 1982 May 26 & July 13
Jack Cassidy interview, 1983 May 12
Jerry Chazen interview, 1986 May
Liz Claiborne interview, 1986 May
Liz Claiborne interview, 1990 July 10 and 17
Abe Cohen interview, 1983 February 14
Robert Cohen interview, 1983 March 23
Beatrice Coleman interview, 1983 February 23
John Cosentino interview, 1989 May 26
B. G. Cox interview, undated
Mildred Custin interview, 1989 April 16
Michael Daroff interview, undated
Michael Daroff and Joan Hansen interview, 1984 May 08
William Dimond interview, 1989 July 12
Angelo Donghia interview, 1979 April 7-8 and May 16
Vincent de Paul Draddy interview, 1982 April 1 & June 2
Eli Elias interview, 1982 March 25
David Evins interview, 1982 November 16
John Field interview, 1989 March 25 & April 8
Carlton Fishel interview, 1982 November 10
James Galanos interview, circa 1980s
Edward Goldenberger interview, 1984 February 14
A conversation with photographer Rose Hartman, undated
Austine Hearst interview, 1979 January 30
Norman Hinerfeld interview, 1984 February 24
Paul Honig interview, 1982 January 12
Paul Honig interview, 1985 January 01
Nina Hyde interview, 1989 May 18
Justin Israel, 1984 February 2
Arthur Jablow interview, 1982 May 14
Dorothy Jeakins interview, circa 1980s
Allan Johnson interview, 1989 December 12
Geraldine Kavanaugh interview, circa 1980s
Leah Knapp interview, 1989 March 1
John Kobal interview, circa 1980s
Karl Gernot Koehn interview, circa 1980s
Harold Komar interview, 1983 February 08
Herman Komar interview, 1983 February 08
Alice Kreisel interview, 1982 February 02
Erich Kreisel interview, 1983 January 17
Louis Krussman interview, 1982 February 16
Eleanor Lambert interview, 1977 December 8
Ralph Lauren interview, 1990 September 5 and 25
Paul Le Blang interview, undated
Helen Lee (Caldwell) interview, 1983 July 5 and 6
Sarah Tomerlin Lee interview, 1983 December 15 and 20
Judith Leiber interview, 1982 October 26
Beth Levine interview, 1982 December 2
Herbert Levine interview, undated
Jean Louis interview, circa 1980s
Stanley Love interview, 1983 May 12 and 19
Bob Mackie interview, circa 1980s
Madame Gres interview, 1978
Interview of Vera Maxwell, circa 1978
Vera Maxwell interview, 1979 February 28 and March 1
Vera Maxwell interview, 1979 April 24
Vera Maxwell interview, 1983 September 21 and October 11
Conversation between Grace Kelly and Vera Maxwell, 1978 December 19
Sally Kirkland and Nancy White discuss the life of Vera Maxwell, circa 1978
Harriet Meserole interview, 1981 October 21
Minot Milliken interview, 1984 May 04
Bernadine Morris interview, 1990 June 6 and 7
Melvin Morris interview, 1983 January 19
Morris Moskowitz interview, 1982 October 29
Robert Mulrenan interview, 1983 May 05
Israel Myers interview, 1983 March 02
Jonathan Myers interview, 1983 May 06
Jody (Joseph) Nachman interview, 1983 March 18
Ed Newman interview, 1985 December 18
Art Ortenberg interview, 1986 May
Mollie Parnis interview, 1982 June 2
Lawrence Phillips interview, circa 1984
Martha Phillips interview, 1990 June 18
Seymour Phillips interview, 1984 February 03
Joseph Picone interview, 1984 March 16
Fred Pomerantz interview, 1981 October 29 and November 5
John Pomerantz interview, 2 of 2, circa 1980s
John Pomerantz interview, 1 of 2, 1981 November 11 & 1982 March 3
Lauren Pomerantz interview, circa 1980s
Anna Potok interview, 1981 November 1 & 8
David Rappaport interview, 1983 August 30
Michael Rappaport interview, 1982 December 8
Anthony Ritter interview, 1983 April 12
June Roche interview, 1984 July 13
Arthur Rodbell interview, 1982 March 30
Shannon Rodgers interview, 1982 April 1 & 13
Carl Rosen interview, 1982 February 16
Eli Rousso interview, 1982 January 27
Louis Rousso interview, 1982 March 24
Mr. Ruby Sr. interview,1982 April 23 & May 5
Talk with Bob Salvatore on Max Factor, circa 1980s
Giorgio Sant' Angelo interview, circa 1980s
Arnold Scaasi interview, 1989 May 3
Carolyn Schnurer interview, 1989 April 16
Abe Schrader interview, 1982 August 30 & September 29
Mort Schrader interview, 1982 October 06
David Schwartz interview, 1982 November 12
Richard Schwartz interview, 1981 October 30
Ben Shaw interview, 1982 January 6 & 8
Doris Shaw interview, 1981 December 17
Jerry Shaw interview, 1981 December 17
Jerry Silverman interview, 1982 February 19 & March 23
Adele Simpson interview, 1978 June 13
Alfred Slaner interview, 1984 February 1
Janet Sloane interview, 1982 December 19
Alfred Solomon interview, 1982 September 29
Ben Sommers interview, 1982 November 4
George Stavropoulos interview, 1990 July 9
Michael Stein interview, 1983 May 1
Eve Stillman interview, 1983 January 19
Jack I. Straus interview, 1982 November 1 & 26
Geraldine Stutz interview, 1979 November 13
Bill Thomas interview, 1982 April 4, May 13 & 25
Pauline Trigère interview, 1979 November 13, 16, & 20
Andrew Vaccaro interview, 1989 June 5
Lawrence Ward interview, 1984 December 7
John Weitz interview, 1983 October 5-6
Nancy White interview, 1979 March 14
David Zelinka interview, 1982 July 9, 13, & 21
Patricia Zipprodt interview on Charles James, 1979 November 10-11
Sadie Zondervan interview, 1989 March 1

Bergdorf Goodman oral histories
Andrew Goodman, Bergdorf Goodman 1977
Nena Goodman, 1994
Edwin Goodman, 1994
Dawn Mello, 1994
Steven Elkin, 1994

Bloomingdales interviews

Barbara D'Arcy
Norman Axelrod
Barbara Bass
Gordon Cooke
Dennis Garro
Lester Gribetz
Margaret Hofbeck
Carl Levine
Alan Reyburn
Terry Shaffer
Russell Stravitz
Julian Tomchin
Lee Traub
Marvin Traub

FIT 50th Anniversary oral histories

Jeffrey Buchman, 1994
Lynn Glazer, Nancy Grossman, & Philip Milio, 1994
Harry Greenberg, Christine Pupillo, & Leonard Trattner, 1994
Allan Hershfield, 1994
Ingrid Johnson, 1994
Ronald Lubman, 1994
Gibbs Murray, 1994
Raoul Nacinovich, & Marc Rosenberg, 1994
Judith Parkas, 1994
Annette Piecora, 1994
Eve Pollack, 1994
Marvin Rippy, 1994
Jack Rittenberg, 1994
Edith Sancroft, 1994
Aaron Schorr, 1994
Peter Scotese, 1994
Peg Smith, 1994
Elaine Stone, 1994
Richard Streiter, 1994
Leonard Trattner, 1994
Louis Zaera, 1994
Martin Zelnick, 1994

Fragrance Foundation oral histories

James Preston, Avon 1993
Lawrence Aiken, Sanofi Beaute 1993
Fernando Aleau, Compar 1993
Eugene Grisanti, International Flavors & Fragrances 1993
Jeanette Wagner, Estée Lauder 1993
Burton Transky, Bergdorf Goodman 1993
Rosemarie Bravo, Saks Fifth Avenue 1993

Norman Norell oral histories
Louis Clausen, 1982
Ann Keagy, Parsons School of Design 1982
Eleanor Lambert, 1982
Kevin Cahill, 1982
Alan Levinson, 1982
Denise Linden, 1982
Edna Sullivan, 1982

Maurice Rentner oral histories

Arthur Jablow, 1982
Selma Frankel, 1982
Mildred Klare, 1982
Bernice Rentner Jablow, 1982
Paula Neiman, 1982
Ira Rentner, 1982
Lilian Sloan, 1982

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