The New School Archives Digital Collections

John Weitz papers 1945 – 1998

Collection, KA0047


A leading figure in the development of American ready-to-wear clothing, John Weitz (1923-2002) established one of the first American signature menswear lines. Through various licensing arrangements combined with self-referential advertising campaigns, he established an international consumer base and became a multi-millionaire. In addition to fashion design, Weitz pursued an array of other interests, becoming a successful racing car driver, yachtsman, best-selling author and photographer. Weitz was a visiting lecturer at Parsons School of Design between 1975 and 1995. The collection includes sketches and design drawings, exhibition files, scrapbooks, newspaper and magazine clippings, publications, photographs, and audiovisual recordings of promotional campaigns, fashion shows and television commercials.

Related Archival Materials Note

Photographs of John Weitz acting as a visiting critic for the Fashion Design Department of Parsons School of Design will be found in the Kellen Design Archives Photographs and Slides collections (PIC.04). The Fashion Institute of Technology holds an oral history recording conducted with John Weitz and video recordings of his fashion shows.

Collection Guide

Guide to the John Weitz papers

Related people/organizations

John Weitz Designs, Inc
Lord & Taylor

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