This collection comprises the personal and professional papers of Irene Saltern Salinger, a Hollywood fashion designer in
the late 1930s to early 1940s, originator of coordinated women's sportswear separates in the 1950s, and fashion designer into
the late 1970s. Her papers include pencil and watercolor costume sketches for Hollywood film productions and her commercial
work, photographs, fashion plates, scrapbooks, personal and professional correspondence, fabric swatches, fashion line summaries
and photographs, research materials, as well as sales and advertisement materials from circa 1950 to 1980. The collection
also includes European fashion plates collected by Salinger, showcasing popular clothing for upper-class men, women, and children
from the mid- to late- nineteenth century.
Irene Saltern Salinger was a Hollywood fashion designer from 1937 until 1943 and a commercial fashion designer from 1943 until
1979. Born Irene Stern in Germany on January 30, 1911, Salinger grew up in Berlin. She had a privileged childhood and often
spent time with her then next-door neighbor, Albert Einstein. After high school, Salinger attended fashion design school in
Berlin. After graduating and marrying Harry Salinger, she worked as a fashion journalist, giving talks and traveling to fashion
shows throughout Europe. While the Salingers were on their honeymoon, Harry lost his job as a judge. Salinger soon accepted
an offer from a relative living in California, where she settled and began to pursue a career in costume design.
33.0 Linear feet
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The collection is open for research.