Monte Sano & Pruzan sketch collection, 1926-1968

Monte Sano & Pruzan, Ltd


15.6. linear ft.
45 boxes 53 sketchbooks 5 swatchbooks.
Collection level.
Organized into separate collections of bound sketchbooks and boxes of sketches that include a small amount of ephemera: letterhead, press releases, clippings) Arranged in chronological order within each collection.
Sketchbooks and boxes include 8,649 pencil, ink and water color sketches, many which are swatched. Designs of European couturiers and staff designers are represented. Notable among the house designers are Jacques Tiffeau who had worked with Dior and later launched his own design firm in 1966.
Founded in 1915 by Vincent Monte Sano, the firm was a custom tailoring house for women specializing in better coats and suits. In the 1940's the firm moved to ready-to-wear, gave up its private clientele, and became a wholesale manufacturer for retailers including Bonwit Teller, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. It retained its tradition of fine hand finishing and became an outstanding creative style house in the coat and suit market. When Max Pruzan joined the firm in the 1950's, its name was changed to Monte Sano & Pruzan. Pruzan retired in 1966 and the firm was liquidated in 1969. Over the years the firm received Coty, Neiman-Marcus, Cotton and Golden Thimble awards.
Access: Open to researchers by appointment at the Fashion Institute of Technology Library Special Collections and College Archives.
Gladys Marcus Library Special Collections and College Archives; Goodman Resource Center, E427, Fashion Institute of Technology, 7th Avenue at 27th Street, New York, NY 10001; USA; 212.217.4385.
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