AboutFashion illustrator Michaele Vollbracht (1947- ) graduated from Parsons in 1968, and has since returned periodically as a visiting critic. After working as a design assistant for Geoffrey Beene, Donald Brooks, and Norman Norell, Vollbracht turned to fashion illustration and portraiture. In 1985 Vollbracht published Nothing Sacred, an illustrated memoir, and in 2000 Parsons mounted an exhibition of his work to celebrate the release of the updated version of the book. The bulk of the collection is comprised of fashion illustrations and designer portraits Vollbracht created for a 1972 fashion show celebrating Parsons School of Design's 75th anniversary and the establishment of the school's Gimbel Library.
Related Archival Materials NoteAdditional records pertaining to the 1972 student and alumni fashion show will be found in the Kellen Design Archives' records of the Parsons School of Design Fashion Design Department (PIC.02.002.1), as well as samples of Michaele Vollbracht's student work created while attending Parsons. The fashion show program designed by Cipe Pineles Burtin will be found in the Kellen Design Archives' records of Gimbel Library (PIC.08). Additional illustration work by Vollbracht for a Norman Norell retrospective will be found in the Parsons School of Design Exhibition records (PIC.05.004)