Title: Original Fashion Drawings and Personal ...
Publication Date: 1930
Book Condition: Very Good+
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Personal archive of fashion designer Norman Edwards, including a photo album of his travels; two scrapbooks of newspaper and magazine clippings, mementos, etc., recording his appearances in print and radio; loose ephemera including transcripts of radio programs and interviews; 4 large fashion drawings. Edwards was a prolific dress designer to British Royalty in London and to Hollywood stars like Myrna Loy, Evelyn Knight, Joan Crawford, Ginger Rogers, Anna Mae Wong, and Peggy Wood. He established his atelier on Park Avenue and 52nd Street in New York City, where he dressed Dorothy Parker and Mrs. Valentine Macy, among other ladies of society and the arts. The photo album shows a very dapper Edwards in London, California, Mexico, Canada, upstate New York, Yellowstone (Wyoming), and Bali; nearly 200 b/w photographs (silver prints), ranging in size from 32x44mm to197x250mm, with most somewhere in between; on black leaves, with corner mounts, and a few photos with the negative slipped in behind them; captioned by hand in white ink, identifying landscapes and landmarks, friends and family, cats and dogs, cars. There are also 10 accomplished pencil drawings of a European city square with a male figure. Boards detached; contents in excellent condition. // The scrapbooks, 265x275mm, contains hundreds of articles contributed by or about Edwards, theatre programs listing him as a costume designer, and other ephemera; mounted direct to the page, some of the larger articles torn or chipped, but contents in VG+ or better condition overall. Boards detached. // The 4 fashion drawings, each on sheets about 380x440mm, are pen, ink, and watercolor; showing 3 evening gowns and one formal pantsuit, each one signed by the artist. Some minor dampstaining along the edges, nowhere infringing upon the image. Suitable for display. Bookseller Inventory # D12398
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