Fashion history names nod new school year, fashion week

A new academic year has started at most schools and the semiannual New York Fashion Week is happening through September 11. In the spirit of those who associate the back-to-school season with new apparel or a new look, or who research fashion history, here are five collections worth checking out.

As children in Berlin, Albert Einstein and renowned fashion designer Irene Saltern Salinger were friends and next-door neighbors. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Irene Saltern Salinger, a World War II-era Hollywood fashion designer who grew up in Berlin and lived next door to Albert Einstein. In the 1950s after her career turned toward commercial fashion design, she was the “originator of coordinated women’s sportswear separates in the 1950s,” according to her collection’s finding aid at the University of California Irvine.

Here are the papers at the New York Public Library of a New York Fashion Week regular: Diana Vreeland, former editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine.

New York Fashion Week started in 1943 as “Press Week” and was organized by fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert. She had also launched the Couture Group of the New York Dress Institute to draw attention to American fashion design. It later disbanded but there is a collection of its press clippings at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Mildred Levine Albert’s family provided Harvard University funding to process her collection of papers spanning nearly a century of life. She was an international fashion consultant, educator, lecturer, columnist, fashion shows producer, and media personality.

Anyone who makes their own apparel will appreciate this 19th century collection at the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library of fashion plates and a sketchbook depicting garments available in patterns by the E. Butterick and Company.

Do you house or know of any fashion-related collections? Please nominate them in the comments below.

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