Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
January 22 - February 12, 2013
Sophie Gimbel was a seminal figure in the American fashion industry during the first half of the 20th century. As head of the Salon Moderne, the custom design boutique within Saks Fifth Avenue, Gimbel was a champion of American Couture; a distinct form of made-to-measure fashion. Gimbel designed for the world’s most fashionable women including stage and screen actresses, socialites, and First Ladies. Her work graced the cover of Vogue’s inaugural American Fashion issue in 1940, and in 1947 she became the first American designer to appear on the cover of Time.
will provide insight into Gimbel’s original design creations through the
creative display of garments from the Parsons Fashion Archive.
Laboriously crafted by skilled artisans these dresses, gowns and suits
demonstrate exemplary skill in construction, ornamentation and
tailoring, rendered in luxurious fabrics and a rich color palette.
Designs inspired by garments in the exhibition created by School of
Fashion students in part-time associate teaching professor Kathleen
Maggio’s Couture Design Techniques class, will also be featured as will
objects from the Saks Fifth Avenue fashion publicity archive at the
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Design Archives and The New School Art
Friday, February 8, 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Reception: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Theresa Lang Student and Community Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
Beth Dincuff Charleston, exhibition curator, in conversation with former Saks executive and Gimbel confidante Helen O'Hagan, about the life and work of Sophie Gimbel.
For more information on the lecture please contact the School of Fashion at (212) 229-8966.