The New School Archives Digital Collections

Mildred Orrick fashion and costume sketches 1928 – 1962

Collection, KA0067

General (KA0067.01)
Costume design (KA0067.02)
Private commissions (KA0067.03)


Fashion designer Mildred Orrick (1906-1994) graduated from the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons The New School for Design) in 1928 and went on to a career as a fashion and costume designer and illustrator, and designed part of the Futurama exhibition at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Orrick was a visiting critic at Parsons from 1947 to 1962. The collection consists of Orrick's fashion and theater costume sketches, 1920s-1950s. Additional Orrick sketches may be found in the Kellen Design Archives' Claire McCardell sketch collection.

Related Archival Materials Note

The Kellen Design Archives holds Claire McCardell's fashion sketches for Townley Frocks (KA.0082), including 256 sketches Mildred Orrick executed for Townley's McCardell label for the 1958 collection. The Kellen Design Archives also holds two scrapbooks created by Orrick's friend and fellow designer Joset Walker (KA.0045), who was responsible for bringing Orrick to Seventh Avenue. The Kellen Design Archives' Saks Fifth Avenue fashion publicity collection (KA.0018) contains a large number of fashion photographs and press releases for Anne Fogarty designs dating from the period of Orrick's association with the company. Orrick, however, is not identified in any of the publicity material. Photographs of Orrick with Parsons School of Design Fashion Design Department students in the 1950s will be found in the Parsons School of Design Alumni Associaton records (PIC.03.002). The Alumni Association records also contain a file of correspondence with Orrick, indicating she was involved in the establishment of the Alumni Association in 1952.

Related object

Red Evening Dress with Grey Border

Collection Guide

Guide to the Mildred Orrick fashion and costume sketches

Related people/organizations

Norman Bel Geddes
Harper's bazaar
Natacha Rambova
Michael Strange
Townley Frocks (Firm)

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