The New School Archives Digital Collections

Joset Walker fashion design scrapbooks circa 1932-1988

Collection, KA0045

About

French-born Joset Walker (1902-1999) graduated from the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons The New School for Design) in 1928, and soon became a leading designer of ready-to-wear clothing for Saks Fifth Avenue's Theatrical Department. In 1932, Walker served briefly as head costume designer for RKO Pictures, working under the name Josette De Lima. She returned to New York and began designing for wholesale manufacturer David M. Goodstein in 1940, before leaving the company to found Joset Walker Designs. Often incorporating Mexican and Guatamalan textiles, colors and styles into her designs for the American market, Walker reached the pinnacle of her career in the 1940s and '50s as a designer of casual, feminine clothing for women. The Joset Walker collection includes pages from Walker's scrapbooks, largely comprised of clippings of advertisements for her designs, but also including publicity, photographs of department store window displays, and ephemera documenting Walker's career.

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Guide to the Joset Walker fashion design scrapbooks

Related people/organizations

RKO Pictures
Lord & Taylor
Gwili Andre
Joset Walker