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Sherl Nero papers 1900 – 2006

Collection, KA014501


Sherl Nero (1939-2006) was a fashion and textile designer. Nero graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1962 and worked as a sportswear designer before joining the Design Works of Bedford Stuyvesant (DWBS) in 1971. DWBS was the brainchild of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the designers Doris and Leslie Tillit. With financing from the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the Black-owned business produced African-inspired designs for fabrics, accessories, and home wares. This collection contains design material from Nero's time at DWBS and from her work as a designer for Burlington Domestics, Aberdeen Inc., and others. Also included is biographical material documenting Nero's achievements throughout her career and her trajectory from Parsons fashion student to design director for a large home textiles company.

Related object

Portrait and Biography of Sherl Nero from Bakuba Press Packet

Collection Guide

Guide to the Sherl Nero papers

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