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Parsons School of Design oral history program ➔ Audio interview with Adela Elow

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Adela Elow (interviewee)
Fiona Dieffenbacher (interviewer)
Dani Witkus (interviewer)
Wendy Scheir (interviewer)


January 17 2018


Adela Elow was interviewed by Wendy Scheir, director of The New School Archives, and Fiona Dieffenbacher and Dani Witkus, masters students in the fashion studies program at Parsons Design School. The interview took place on January 17, 2018. Elow was 90 years old at the time of the interview, in which she discusses her work as a fashion designer in New York City in the 1940s and 50s. In the beginning of the interview, Elow talks about her childhood in Jersey City, New Jersey, her family, and her time studying at the Traphagen School of Design in New York. The bulk of the interview focuses on Elow's time working as a designer for Sporteen, a line of Apparel Industries. She speaks about how the fashion industry functioned in the 1940s and 50s, and talks about being involved in an organization that advocated for fair wages for designers. Elow stopped working as a designer in the mid-1950s after getting married. At the end of the interview she speaks about what she did afterwards, making art and taking art courses at The New School and the Art Students' League. 





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