From a METRO* Announcement:
An event and formal launched is scheduled to take place next week in NYC. Details here.
This digitized collection of 5,415 fashion drawings and sketches produced by André Fashion Studios between 1930 and 1941 is the result of a partnership between the Picture Collection of The New York Public Library and the Special Collections & FIT Archives of the Fashion Institute of Technology Library. The partners aimed to virtually unite a collection of spectacular quality and historical significance that is physically divided among the two institutions and, as an equally important goal, to leverage open-source technologies to create a prototype of a fashion information and image portal that would provide access to costume and fashion-related resources held by various New York City educational and cultural heritage institutions. The discussion will provide a background history of Andre Studios and the digitization project itself.
The site is the initial realization of that broader goal and brings into focus a group of materials that have until now been accessible mainly to researchers.
This event and the collaborative digital project “André Studios 1930-1941: Fashion Drawings & Sketches in the Collections of the Fashion Institute of Technology and The New York Public Library” was made possible and supported in part by funds from the Metropolitan New York Library Council through the New York State Regional Bibliographic Databases Program.
* Metropolitan New York Library Council