The Frances Neady collection contains over 300 illustrations
by prominent the 20th-century fashion illustrators listed below. These are the works of primary practitioners who demonstrate
originality and individuality in their field. Many of these illustrations have
been reproduced in American and foreign publications such as Vogue
, Harper’s Bazaar
Some of these artists created powerful visual
identities for their clients, such as Dorothy Hood for Lord & Taylor,
George Stavrinos for Bergdorf Goodman, and Jay H. Crawford for Bonwit Teller.
This collection is a testament to the importance of these artists within the
history of fashion. It parallels the impact of fashion photography on the
field, encompasses work from 1920 to the present, and offers a view of history
through aesthetic, cultural, and social shifts preserved in the idealized
vision of fashion illustration.
collection was established in 1983 by Rosemary Torre and Frederick Bennett as a
memorial to Frances Neady, an inspiring and dedicated teacher of fashion
illustration, who served on the faculties of FIT and the Parsons School of
Design for 40 years.
Kenneth Paul Block
Jay H. Crawford
R&B (Robert &
Catherine Clayton Purnell