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Isaac Mizrahi

Elizabeth Kutesko

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Designer Biography

Light Painting

Leah Mendelson

Source: Fashion Thinking. Creative Approaches to the Design Process, 2013, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Within the context of any design brief, Leah typically begins her design process with research: ‘Research is very important for me, and I let myself go deep into issues that seem unrelated to fashion at all.’ For this project, she started with her interests in science, time perception, esoteric symbolism, or anything else that she considered to fall under ‘The Big Picture’. She started at the library, where she could readily access the Internet, physical books, magazine archives, and film. Focusi

Extraordinary Times

Ira Neimark

Source: The Rise of Fashion and Lessons Learned at Bergdorf Goodman, 2011, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

I first became aware of Paris when I was six years old. Not through history or geography books, but in 1927 when Charles Lindbergh flew over the Atlantic Ocean solo to Paris in 33 and a half hours. Everyone in America, France, and the rest of the world was excited. So much so that when my father took me and my brother, Lester, to see the ticker-tape welcome-home parade for “Lucky Lindy” on Broadway, due to the tremendous crowds, we couldn’t get within two blocks of the street. We still went home

Experiences Learned along the Way

Ira Neimark

Source: The Rise of Fashion and Lessons Learned at Bergdorf Goodman, 2011, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

My relationships with the fashion press began with a shocker. In 1970 James Brady, the former publisher of Woman’s Wear Daily, sent a reporter to interview Randy Stambaugh, the president of B. Altman & Co. He asked, “Now that Best & Company is closing, when will that happen to B. Altman?” Randy Stambaugh, handsome and always the perfect gentleman, reminded me of a character out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. He may well have come close to losing his cool or temper but said nothing more than “Th

Beene, Geoffrey

Melinda Watt

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Beene started his career during the era when Parisian designers still dominated the fashion world and Americans were expected to look to them for inspiration. However, though Beene was trained in the traditional manner, educated in New York and Paris, he broke out of the mold after his training and apprenticeship working for other designers. His creativity and skill were soon rewarded with a Coty award in 1964, after just one year in business, thus beginning one of the most award-winning careers

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