Mary Adrienne Steckling (1934-2006) graduated from Parsons School of Design's Fashion Design Department in 1958. In 1966, "Adri" -- her professional name -- developed her own line and continued designing under her own labels for the rest of her career. In 1982, Adri received the prestigious Coty American Fashion Critics "Winnie" award. The records document Adri's business and professional life, with materials largely arranged according to year and season. Includes clippings and tear sheets, photographic materials, press kits, presentation portfolios, sketches, swatches, and video recordings.
Related Archival Materials Note
Adri's student work in the 1950s will be found in the Kellen Design Archives' Fashion Design Department records (PIC.02.002.1). These records also include clippings about Adri's career after graduating from Parsons School of Design. A sound recording of a direction Adri gave at Parsons in 1995 will be found in the Kellen Design Archives' audiovisual collection (PIC.07.002). In it, Adri describes her project, titled, "Circa 2000: New Designers Sign in." She stresses her philosophy of "non-seasonal thinking" and discusses the fashion market. Photographic documentation of Adri serving as a critic/lecturer at Parsons School of Design will be found in the Kellen Design Archives' Photograph collection (PIC.04).
Parsons School of Design photograph collection (pre-2008 accessions)Fashion Design Department records (pre-2008 accessions)