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Saks, Parsons Partner for Sophie Gimbel Exhibit
January 18, 2013

New York-based Saks Fifth Avenue has partnered with Parsons to celebrate the works of the iconic Sophie Gimbel, with an exhibit at the Shelia C. Johnson Design Center in New York. Called "Sophie Gimbel: Fashioning American Couture," the exhibit features a selection of Gimbel's garments on display from Jan. 22 through Feb. 12. A selection of Gimbel's garments also are currently featured in the Fifth Avenue windows at Saks in New York. Gimbel was a seminal figure in the American fashion industry during the first half of the 20th century, and was the head of the Salon Moderne, the custom design boutique within Saks Fifth Avenue. She designed for the world’s most fashionable women, including stage and screen actresses, socialites and First Ladies. Gimbel was the first American designer to appear on the cover of Time in 1947.

This exhibition offers a look into Gimbel’s original design creations through the creative display of garments from the Parsons Fashion Archive. Designs inspired by garments in the exhibition created by School of Fashion students in part-time associate teaching professor Kathleen Maggio’s Couture Design Techniques class will also be featured, as well as objects from the Saks Fifth Avenue fashion publicity archive at the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Design Archives and The New School Art Collection.  

The exhibition is curated by Beth Dincuff Charleston, part-time assistant professor, School of Fashion, Parsons The New School for Design, with support from Saks Fifth Avenue.