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Norman Norell collectionScrapbooks (KA0035.03) ➔ Traina-Norell Fashion Presentation Featuring Models and Costumed Actors

Photographic Material

Related people/organizations

Norman Norell (designer)
Traina-Norell (Firm) (designer)



Work Type

photographic prints


8 in (width) x 10 in (height)


Traina-Norell fashion presentation featuring five models wearing day ensembles on a stage. The models are posed alongside stairs, fake pigeons, and a large painting of an animated statue. A man (presumably an actor) wearing a police uniform salutes from the top of the stairs, while a second man dressed as a Civil War soldier in metallic paint holds a bouquet of daffodils. The second actor poses on one knee in front of a model at the top of the stairs while the other four models look on with dramatic gestures from below. Each model wears a day ensemble with a long skirt, gloves, and a hat. Details are only known of the ensemble shown on the model on the right, who wears a stiff shantung summer coat worn over a black chiffon dress with a straw hat. Although it is unknown where this presentation took place, numerous materials found alongside this photograph suggest that it's from a presentation shown in Palm Beach on February 17, 1949, which was described as "dramatic and interesting" by the local newspaper. This photograph was originally part of a larger scrapbook that can now be found in Box OSx-3, Folder 6.


Gay, Simpson. "One Focal Point to a Costume Enough, Says Trend Setting Designer Norell." The Dallas Morning News, March 15, 1949.

Related Terms

Kellen Design Archives


box 5, folder 2




Norman Norell; Traina-Norell (Firm). Traina-Norell Fashion Presentation Featuring Models and Costumed Actors . 1949. Norman Norell collection; Scrapbooks (KA0035.03). New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 18 Oct 2019.

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