The New School Archives Digital Collections

Norman Norell collection 1941 – 1974

Collection, KA0035

Photographs (KA0035.01)
Realia (KA0035.02)
Scrapbooks (KA0035.03)
Sketches (KA0035.04)
Moving images (KA0035.05)


Norman Norell (1900-1972) was the first American fashion designer to compete successfully with French couture. In 1943, he received the first Coty American Fashion Critics Award, and in 1956 he was inducted into the Coty Hall of Fame. Norell served as a visiting critic at Parsons School of Design from 1943 to 1972. The collection includes awards, biographical material, clippings, fashion sketches, photographs, publicity scrapbooks, and five examples of Norell's clothing.

Related Archival Materials Note

Records of several fundraisers organized with Norman Norell's assistance and the Sixtieth Anniversary Dinner at which Norell received a Parsons Medal will be found in the Parsons School of Design Alumni Association records (PIC.03.002.1). Additionally, the Kellen Design Archives holds 16 mm film reels in which Norman Norell appears as a visiting critic in the Parsons School of Design's Fashion Design Department. Photographic documentation of Norell serving as a critic will be found in the Kellen Design Archives' Photographs collection.

Related collections

Parsons School of Design Alumni Association records
Parsons School of Design Fashion Design Department records (pre-2008 accessions)

Collection Guide

Guide to the Norman Norell collection

Related people/organizations

William J. Cunningham
Peter Moore
Norman Norell
Traina-Norell (Firm)

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