The New School Archives Digital Collections

Esta Nesbitt fashion illustrations 1944 – 1964

Collection, KA0086

Unidentified (KA0086.01)
General (KA0086.02)
Mademoiselle magazine (KA0086.03)
New York Times Magazine (KA0086.04)
Saks Fifth Avenue (KA0086.05)


Esta Nesbitt (1918-1975), an instructor at Parsons School of Design from 1964 to 1974, created fashion illustrations for such publications as Harper's Bazaar, Mademoiselle, and the New York Times Magazine. Later in her career, Nesbitt employed innovative printing techniques as a children's book illustrator, created performance art pieces, and was one of the earliest to experiment with fine art Xerography. Nesbitt's work in the Kellen Design Archives primarily consists of 271 original fashion illustrations, as well as pre-publication layouts, mechanicals, proofs, and tear sheets.

Related Archival Materials Note

Collections of Esta Nesbitt's papers and/or her work in book illustration and Xerography, and recordings of her performance and conceptual works are found variously in the permanent collections of the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; the Smithsonian Archives of American Art; the Brooklyn Museum; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; among others.

Related object

"And Again: Shocking Pink"

Collection Guide

Guide to the Esta Nesbitt fashion illustrations

Related people/organizations

Macy's (Firm)
Saks Fifth Avenue (New York, N.Y.)

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