The New School Archives Digital Collections

Tom Brigance publicity and sketches 1932 - 1977

Collection, KA0005

About

After graduating from the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons The New School for Design) in 1934, Tom Brigance (1913-1990) became a fashion designer specializing in women's swimwear and sportswear. Exclusive designer at Frank Gallant in the 1950s, Brigance won the fashion industry's Coty Award in 1953. The collection includes scrapbooks of clippings and photographs publicizing Brigance's designs, sketches, publicity materials, and four original fashion illustrations of Brigance swimwear by Dorothy Hood, produced for Lord & Taylor.

Related Archival Materials Note

A copy of American Fashion: The Life and Lines of Adrian, Mainbocher, McCardell, Norell, Trigere (New York: Quadrangle, 1975) inscribed to Brigance from Jean Colbert is also in the Kellen Design Archives.


Related people/organizations

Lord & Taylor
Coty American Fashion Critics’ Awards
National Cotton Council of America
Tom Brigance

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