AboutHerbert Sondheim (1895-1966), who taught at Parsons School of Design in 1946, ran a dressmaking business that produced affordable versions of Parisian high-end fashion. The Kellen Design Archives holds nineteen Herbert Sondheim, Inc. scrapbooks, the bulk of which contain fashion drawings and sketches. Included in some books are sketches depicting the work of Vionnet, Chanel, Molyneux, and other couture houses used by Sondheim designers as templates and inspiration in the early days of a globalized fashion industry. Two scrapbooks contain news clippings, photographs and correspondence from the mid-1940s.
Related Archival Materials NoteA separate collection of Herbert Sondheim records are held by the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, which also holds collections of Frederic L. Milton and Cardinal Fashion Studios drawings. Additional drawings by Berley Studios, Cardinal Fashion Studios, De Zine Studio, and Edyth Sparag Studios are held by the University of California, Irvine; the University of North Texas; and Yeshiva University Museum.