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The Kevin L. Seligman Collection comprises 252.92 linear feet (607 document boxes) of material arranged into seven series that all relate to the craft and technology of pattern drafting, tailoring, dressmaking, related crafts, and the commercial paper pattern industry from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century. The collection is a significant source for materials related to 19th and 20th fashion and the influential designers and dressmakers of the time. These materials include individual patterns, journals, fabric and needlework samples, templates, drafting and tailoring equipment, and realia relating to the fashion and pattern industry of the time. The major designers and companies included in the collection are Marian Martin, Jim Foster Clothes, Saks and Co. Furs, Advance, Butterick, McCall's, Simplicity, Sears/ Roebuck and Co., Lebotys, and New York Patterns. The journals include names such as Vogue, Tailor and Cutter, Der Bazaar, and Lady's Companion.
Kevin L. Seligman was a costume designer, professor, and author. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and was heavily influenced by his father and grandfather who were both manufacturers of women's sportswear in Los Angeles. From 1988 to 1991, Mr. Seligman served as Commissioner of the Costume Design and Technology Commision at The Association for Performing Arts and Entertainment Professionals (USITT). In 1996, he wrote Cutting for All!, a guide book for pattern making. He taught costume design and technology at The School of Theatre and Dance, Northern Illinois University for 32 years. Upon his retirement from the school in 1998, he was awarded Professor Emeritus and donated his Library and Archive to The Doris Stein Research Center for Costume and Textiles located at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Kevin Seligman passed away in 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
607 boxes 252.92 linear feet
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